First Fish Excites 7-Year-Old Angler In Parks Program

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A promising young angler that might someday follow in the footsteps of professional fisherman Clifford Pirch could be honing his skills at Green Valley Park.

He’s 7-year-old Andrew Williams, a second-grader at Payson Elementary School, who early this week landed his first fish — an 11-inch trout that he’s sure can be properly called a “lunker.”

“My fish is so giant,” he said.

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Andrew Williams, 7, had the thrill of his young life earlier this week when he caught an 11-inch trout at an outing to Green Valley Lake as part of the town’s Summer Recreation Program.

The boy caught the fish while participating in the Town of Payson summer camp program that was on an outing to GVP.

“Michael Rose donated his time to take the children in the summer program and give them lessons and even provided all the supplies needed to fish,” said Andrew’s mother, Heather.

Andrew used a night crawler to catch the trout and was fishing from the dock on the south side of the large lake.

Much like catching his first fish sparked Clifford Pirch’s love of the sport and resulting pro career, Andrew is itching for another outing.

“When can I fish again Mommy?” he asked.

While some might filet the fish for dinner, Andrew has other ideas for the trout telling his mother, “Can we put it in a glass case and I can take it to school, show everyone and keep it on the wall forever?”

Summer Recreation Program

Parents and grandparents who would like the children in their family to enjoy an experience like Andrew’s can still get them into the second session of the Summer Recreation Program.

The second session is July 5 through July 22, and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Thursday.

The cost is $75 per participant.

Children entering the first through sixth grades in the fall can register.

There will be a group for youngsters in the first through third grades and another for the older children.

The program incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

Another youth activity through the town’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department that is still taking registration is the British Soccer Camp.

The second session, June 27 to July 1, still has space available.

Registration is online at www.challengersports.com. Costs varies with age and hours selected.

The camp is held at Rumsey Park North Soccer Field.

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