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Isabelle Hogan, 9, caught these bluegill on Big Long Lake at her grandfather Jim’s home.

Outdoors experience

Kellan Blaylock shows off his first fish. He caught it at Pretty Lake with grandmother Sandy and grandfather Bruce.
Matt Duly went fishing one last time this summer, before heading back to school, with his grandfather Duly and his Uncle Jeff at his uncle’s cabin on Grand Lake in upper Michigan.
Max Wernersbach, 4, shows off the bluegill he caught in August at Lake James. It was the first fish he ever caught. Max was accompanied by his father and his fishing buddy, Bill Wert, right. Max used hot dogs for bait, and the fish was released back into the lake.
Randy Davis and his son Spencer made this haul while at Spencer’s grandparents’ home on Big Turkey Lake in Stroh this year.
Suzanne Barber caught her first fish while fishing off the dock of her boyfriend Bill Wermuth’s parents’ home on Lake James.

– Fishing and hunting are enjoyed by young and old, male and female. As proof, readers of The Journal Gazette have been showing off their catches on the weekly Recreation page. The Journal Gazette publishes an Outdoors Experience page once a month, lending a forum for readers to share their love of the outdoors with their neighbors. Send your stories and photos to The Journal Gazette, c/o Sports Department, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email them to