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Take a kid carping in Arlington

Posted by Leslie Anderson  June 21, 2010 08:50 AM

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Jerome Moisand of Arlington has loved fishing ever since he was a child living near a pond just outside Paris. Next weekend, he’ll volunteer his time to introduce the sport to local children as part of a nationwide initiative organized by the Carp Anglers Group.

Moisand, who has lived in the United States since 1997, will lead two fishing workshops at Spy Pond in Arlington next Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 3 to 7 p.m.

While the sessions are designed for children 8 to 14 years old, parents are encouraged to come along and bring their cameras and cold drinks for the children.

Moisand and other experienced anglers will demonstrate various techniques and explain how to properly release a fish. Bait and fishing gear will be provided, but children are welcome to bring a fishing rod.

Moisand, whose biggest catch in Spy Pond was a 21-pound carp in 2005, said he enjoys fishing for the fish in particular because they are ‘‘real fighters giving you heart-pounding excitement.’’

Their average size in Spy Pond, he said, is 10 pounds.

‘‘Our aim will be to make kids catch their very first carp and teach them basics,’’ said Moisand, a former vice president of the Carp Anglers Group. ‘‘This might take a little while — carp fishing can be slow — but I guarantee a tidal wave of excitement when they start biting.’’

No registration is necessary. Participants can reach the fishing area at Spy Pond via Pond Lane or Linwood Street. For more information, e-mail Moisand at jmoisand@gmail.com.

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