Sportsfishing: 4-H'ers learn about fish art at state sportfishing event

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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FULTON -- Thirty-nine 4-H members and their families participated in a fishing derby, casting contest and skill-a-thon during the annual 4-H Sportfishing State Event held recently at Little Dixie Conservation Area near Fulton.

"Sportfishing is not just about dropping a line in the water and waiting for a bite," said Shannon White of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program. "It includes knowledge of aquatic ecology, casting, tackle craft, and even how humans and fish are interdependent. The 4-H sportfishing event focused on all of these things."

Mark Morgan, MU associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism, autographed copies of his newly released book, "Hook, Line & Sinker," a collection of fish stories told by Missouri anglers. Employees of the Missouri Department of Conservation served a lunch of Asian carp. Youth also learned to make their own in-line spinners and to practice knot tying. They also created art by making prints directly from fish, using a technique based on the Japanese art form gyotaku.

Brayden Medcalf earned top spot in the intermediate division and John Ulbrich captured first in the overall junior division. Both are from Saline County.

Jedidiah E. Doyle, of Lafayette County, took third place in the intermediate division.

Skill-a-thon winners in the intermediate division were Dalton Elder, Cooper County; Logan R. Tracy, Saline County; and Blake Behl, Dallas County. Junior division champions were Ulbrich, first; Tyler C. Rye, Callaway County, second; and Victoria Wade, Cole County, third.

There were more than 20 volunteers representing MU Extension; the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR); the CAFNR Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences; the CAFNR Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism; the Missouri Geographic Alliance; and the City of Columbia. Sponsors include MU Extension 4-H, Bass Pro Shops and the Missouri Department of Conservation.