By RYAN HERMAN
Father’s Day may have been Sunday, but kids celebrated it a day early with a worm and a hook.
The Lincolnton Sportsman Club held its annual Kid’s Fishing Day on Saturday, as dozens of boys and girls took to the small lake on its property to gain some experience fishing, and to spend time with their families.
“I came out here to let them learn how to fish,” Lincolnton native Ronnie Brooks, Jr., said.
Brooks brought his three children to the event –– 10-year-old Da’yanni, and 7-year-old twins Isaac and Marcos Aguilar.
Between themselves the brothers had caught two fish by 11 a.m. –– a small bass and a bream –– and both were caught by Da’yanni.
Da’yanni, a rising fifth grader at Kiser Elementary in Stanley, was enthralled by the task at hand.
As he eyed his float that sat in the water, with hook and bait submerged, Da’yanni had no trouble discussing what he likes most about fishing.
“Catching the fish,” he said.
Isaac, who had come up empty, but, “I almost caught three,” he said, enjoyed a bag of popcorn as his brothers waited patiently on a fish to take the bait.
By the lunchtime hour the rising second grader at S. Ray Lowder Elementary had filled up on popcorn and doughnuts.
Guess what his favorite thing about the outdoor event.
“Eating,” Isaac said with a laugh.
Marcos, who hadn’t caught anything, but, like his twin brother, Isaac, wasn’t concerned about how many fish he reeled in.
Marcos said he was just happy to be outside with his brothers and his father.
“It means to have fun and be good,” he said.
Like most who attended the event, which also included a small archery and pellet gun range, Ronnie Brooks, Jr., wasn’t concerned with one of his boys pulling the biggest fish out of the lake, or taking home bragging rights for the most fish caught.
He was having fun enjoying the role of Dad.
“This is very special,” he said. “I always want to be there for my sons, and try to be a better father than my father was to me.”