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Tue., Oct. 2, 2012, 7:33 a.m.

Veteran fisherman impressed with girl’s honesty

FISHING -- Anglers are accustomed to a little fudging on the sizes and numbers of fish their friends catch. In my circle of friends, I pretty much divide everything by two.  Simple math.
But Jim Kujala had to reboot his piscatorial sensibilities last weekend while hosting a young girl on his boat for the Cast For Kids event at Clear Lake.
More than 50 kids were there, enjoying the day with volunteer mentors even though the fishing at Clear Lake was typically inconsistant during the day.
Kujala, a perennial volunteer from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, was able to put his boat into some fish and topped off the day with an even sweeter highlight. As he put it:
I had a third grader girl and her mother fishing with me and for the girl it was one missed bite and one of the bigger, if not the biggest, fish of the day -- a brown trout. When it came time to take a picture, I asked her if she wanted to hold both of the brown trout in my live well. Her answer: "But I only caught one."
Let me tell you about praising her for an example of ethics exhibited by a person of her age! What a thrill for me to observe something like that!

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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