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June 21, 2014

Great morning to go fishing

GREENVILLE — Friday was a great day for fishing at Graham Park, judging by the crowd of kids and their parents which surrounded the park’s “lake” during the morning.

The 18th Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday event again had youngsters trying their luck with cane poles, bobbers and hooks, supplied by the Greenville Police Department.

But there was one big difference this time around. Instead of baiting those hooks with the traditional worms, the anglers tried pieces of hot dogs.

Student Service Officer James Hamilton said the idea came about during the 2013 Fishing Friday. Volunteers from the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and the Greenville Police Explorers Post have always been on hand to help the youngsters hook the worms which have worked fine.

But Hamilton said one of the parent brought hot dogs to use at last year’s event.

“And they started catching them like that, over and over again,” Hamilton explained, snapping his fingers, adding it resulted in many of the children begging the volunteers to give them hot dogs to use as bait.

Taking the hint, organizers decided to bring hot dogs this year.

“Now, this year, the kids are wondering where all the worms are,” Hamilton said.

The fishing was fine, even with the change in bait.

It wasn’t long before Brandon Howell landed a perch which drew the attention of several other children. Howell, however, is an old pro at fishing, noting his family has a lake on their property.

“I’ve caught a lot of crappie, bass and perch,” he said.

In addition to the fishing, there were emergency vehicles on display, and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Posse brought some horses which drew a lot of attention from the kids. Others played on the park’s playground, or got wet on the splash pad .

The day wrapped up with a free hot dog lunch cooked up by Hamilton and fellow Student Service Officer Richard Calender.

Fishing Friday was one of the events during the Greenville Police Department’s “Summer of Safety” program, which continues next Friday, June 27, with a free swim party at Ja-Lu Municipal Pool between 9 a.m. and noon.

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