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April 14, 2013

Families bond on first day of trout season

WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — Rain, high water and even cold temperatures on Saturday morning couldn’t deter the Overton family from smiling.

The young family of five was along the banks of Woodcock Creek — all casting fishing lines on the first day of Pennsylvania’s trout season.

“It’s fun, but it keeps you hopping,” Ron Overton, patriarch of the family, said as he kept eyes both on his line and those of his wife, Jen, and their three sons.

“I’m the one with the kids,” Jen said with a smile and a laugh.

The Overtons and sons Ronnie, 10, Jordan, 6, and Colton 3, were all smiles as they showed off the five trout they had on a stringer around mid-morning.

“We’ve let a few go — some accidentally,” Overton, 40, said with a chuckle.

This is the first year the whole family has gone out on the first day of trout season, Overton said. Traditionally, it had been him and his oldest son, Ronnie, on the first day, but with the younger sons now older, everyone wanted to go.

“I love it,” Mrs. Overton said. “I do a lot of fishing myself and it’s great because it keeps the boys outside and active.”

However, Saturday’s conditions on Woodcock Creek near Saegertown weren’t too conducive to good fishing.

Rains from earlier in the week put the creek about 21/2 to 3 feet deeper than normal and the water was moving swiftly, fishermen said.

“It’s high today,” Chris Prinkey of Normalville said of Woodcock Creek. “I’ve only caught one.”

Prinkey, whose home is near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County, said he’s made the trek to Crawford County for the opening day of trout season for more than 10 years to fish with his nephews, Mike and Matt Prinkey of Meadville.

Prinkey said he wasn’t discourage by his lack of luck Saturday.

“It’s a sport and it’s fun,” he said. “We’ll be back out this (Saturday) afternoon.”

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