VILAS COUNTY - Kids looking for that first "Big Ol Fish" can make a lot of memories, especially when they catch a fish. Children in Vilas county got that chance Thursday.
"The purpose of the event is to share the out of doors with young people," said Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson. "To encourage them to try fishing."
The free event started at 10 a.m. with registration. Once participants got registered, they got to have a little fun before going on boats. A casting contest found out how far they could cast.
"They then go to a how to fishing seminar where they learn how to tie fishing knots, they learn to how to use slip bobbers, they learn the ins and outs of a fishing pole, the real," said Emerson.
Adults that take the children out on the boats really enjoy teaching the kids how to fish.
"Having the experience with how some of the kids react when they catch a fish in the boat. I kind of take pride in fishing with kids anyway," said Event Chairman Bill Hassey.
An event that has gone on for 39 years allows kids to have fun, learn how to fish, and catch fish at the same time.
"I'm having a lot of fun, even when we hit top speed just coming out here," said participant Peyton Hairald.
"It's our future, these kids today will be out fishing some day and maybe they'll be here guiding some kid," said Hassey.
The kids were treated to a meal and some gifts when they returned. The event will be held again next year.