For Russ Gable, the best part about helping out with the YMCA fishing camps each summer is watching kids catch the biggest fish of their lives.
But even Gable, who's on the water all the time, wasn't ready for what young Soren Maurer hooked into last week.
Soren and three other campers were fishing with Gable and a counselor during the Big Boat, Big Fish portion of the YMCA class.
It was a wet day, but the kids were troopers, shrugging off the rain, which was made much easier because they had each caught several nice catfish out of the Grand River.
They decided to let their counselor reel in the next one, so when one of the rods started clicking, Gable set the hook into a hefty fish and handed the rod over.
"She started fighting — a very respectable 9-pound channel cat," Gable said. "Then another rod started screaming, so I set the hook and noticed it didn't budge. I handed it to the next one up, Soren."
The counselor got her fish in, weighed in, took some pictures, and released it. During that time, another rod went off, and another nice catfish was netted, photographed and released.
"I looked over and Soren was still fighting his fish," Gable said.
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