Fishing event draws big crowd to Folsom Lake

By: Matt Long
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Demetrius Drum has wanted to fish since he could first talk. Saturday, the 4-year-old El Dorado Hills resident got his first chance at the Take-A-Kid Fishing event held at Folsom Lake in Granite Bay. To say the least, he was thrilled. “It’s a good day to go fishing,” the enthusiastic angler said. Put on by the Future Pro Tour, the third annual Take-A-Kid Fishing event drew about 100 kids and each one of them received a free rod, reel and tackle box. Since it was his first time fishing, Demetrius and his mom, Angelica, attended the “How to” fishing clinic held Friday night at Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento. “I was looking for a place to take him fishing and I did a search on the Internet and this event came up,” Drum said. “We just moved to El Dorado Hills from Washington a few weeks ago, so this is our first time fishing. They showed us how to set up the rod last night and Demetrius did it all himself this morning.” Midway through the event on Saturday, Demetrius had yet to catch a fish, but that didn’t damper his spirits, as cast after cast, he waded in the water, anxiously awaiting a fish. “We’ve had a few nibbles, but no fish yet,” Drum said. “He’s hoping for a trophy and wants a catfish.” The Grandlund family from Cameron Park arrived at Folsom Lake at 6:30 in the morning looking for fish. By 10 a.m. they had been at four different sites, but hadn’t had a bite. “We get out a couple times a month,” Bryan Grandlund said, who was there with his two daughters, Madison, 9, and Alyssa, 4. “We fish here and in Tahoe and at Ice House Reservoir on the way to Pollock Pines.” Madison guessed she’s hooked upwards of 40 fish in her day, including a great outing once in Tahoe when she reeled in 20. Not only does she enjoy catching fish, but she enjoys eating them too. “I like bluegill, trout and salmon,” Madison said. Madison and Alyssa were glad to get the new rods and reels, courtesy of Shakespeare, Pure Fishing and Plano. “It’s good equipment and it’s easy to learn with,” Grandlund said. Dwight and Jackie Lawrence of Colfax made the trip down to Folsom Lake with their kids, Kimberly, 12, and Seth, 10. They heard of the Take-A-Kid Fishing event a week before and registered right away. Seth is an avid fisherman. When he wasn’t casting or holding his rod, he was walking back to a small pond of water, which had two carp in it. “The only thing better than this would be fishing from a boat,” Seth said. His sister, Kimberly, enjoyed the fishing too, but when she wasn’t holding her rod, she enjoyed the company of her book. Co-workers from Piranha Propellers in San Luis Obispo, Laura Griffiths and Nikole Currin, made the long haul up to Folsom Lake for a little fishing as well. “Nothing like a six-hour drive to go fishing,” Currin said with a laugh. Griffiths brought her cousin, 8-year-old Meena Hewett of Stockton, along to enjoy the day. “We’ve been here since 6:15,” Griffiths said. “Meena was fishing, then she went swimming and now she’s fishing again. She’s having fun.”