Kids look forward to Brown Trout Kiddie Classic

News Photo by Jordan Spence Kenzie, 5, and Erin Held wait for a fish during the PNC Michigan Brown Trout Kiddie Classic, Sunday.

ALPENA — Kenzie Held had a lot of practice at her family’s pond before she competed in the PNC Michigan Brown Trout Kiddie Classic, Sunday.

The 5-year-old loves to fish and this was her first time in the competition said Kenzie’s mom Erin Held.

“Her grandma bought her a fishing pole, so she’s been fishing for a while,” Erin said.

Erin said Kenzie practiced the night before at Beaver Lake and caught three fish, “So she’s hopeful.”

Erin said she loves to catch fish, and to dig for the worms used for bait.

Some of the rules of the competition included the fish must be caught from the banks of the Thunder Bay River at the mouth of the river. The children couldn’t use a boat or flotation device to catch fish. Winners were determined by the weight of the caught fish.

Landen Gagnon, 10, and his brother Dillan, 8, both competed as well.

This was about their third time in the competition and both said they’ve fished for as long as they can remember.

Neither of them said they had a strategy for the day.

“I do have a green pumpkin fizz. It’s a tube jig (lure for fish). My uncle said it’s the only kind he uses,” Landen said.

He added in previous years he won second and third place.

By about 11 a.m. Dillan had caught at least one fish.

Landen said he likes to fish.

“I do it for the experience, but it can be frustrating too,” he said.

Their mom, Courtney Gagnon said they always like to fish as a family.

“It’s fun and it’s time well spent together,” she said. “My husband fishes tons so they’re always out there with him. It’s kind of in their blood now.”

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