Lamented cast brings big re­sults

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - From Chris Reisch

Last weekend, my 12-yearold daugh­ter Maya asked me if she could get an in­ex­pen­sive bait cast­ing combo that was half price at Ca­belas for their La­bor Day sale. So we bought two, one for me and one for her, set them up, and went to the pond at our camp­site (LeiTi in Batavia).

Learn­ing how to cast with a bait­caster takes some ef­fort and pa­tience. Maya caught on pretty quickly and was en­cour­aged when she brought in a 12-inch large­mouth on her third cast!

About a half hour later, while I was try­ing to un­tan­gle a nest in my reel, I watched Maya pitch her water­melon Senko un­der a tree, within a foot of shore. She thought it was a ter­ri­ble cast, un­til she saw the fin swim­ming to­ward it, then the huge mouth open, then the pull on the rod.

Af­ter the fight, we snapped the at­tached pho­tos while all the fel­low cam­pers from the corn­hole tour­na­ment across the pond cheered loudly for her. The fish was 25 inches (around 10 pounds? I am not good with es­ti­mat­ing weight), much big­ger than any large­mouth I ever caught.

I was very proud of her, and we agreed on the les­son to be learned. The only bad cast is one that doesn’t re­sult in a fish!

Maya Reisch thought she’d made a poor cast un­til this large­mouth bass struck.

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