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Teenage Paddlefishing

Teenage Paddlefishing

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Year after year, the sport of paddlefishing continues on.

As with any tradition, it needs to be passed down to the next generation.

Gary Brode met a member of the new generation of paddle fisherman.

 

I experienced my first paddlefishing trip this week.

The day was full of surprises.

Possibly the biggest surprise was the lack of young people trying to catch one of these odd looking fish.

That's when I met 16 year-old Gene Iwen, who happens to be a veteran in paddlefisher.

He was more than happy to tell me about his first catch...

(Gene Iwen, Paddlefisher) "8 o'clock come around, so first casting time. Third cast and I hooked this fish. I was probably the most excited person on the world."

So excited in fact, he couldn't wait to share that moment with the man who taught him how to fish.

(Gene Iwen, Paddlefisher) "Right after I got it onto the shore, I took my phone out, "Dad, I finally caught one!"

While Gene enjoys his time on the river, he knows it's rare for someone his age to paddlefish.

(Gene Iwen, Paddlefisher) "I'm probably one of the very few that go paddlefishing because I have asked and they are like "what's paddlefishing?!"

This is his fourth year trying his luck on the river.

It took him three years to finally get a catch but he enjoys the time and effort put forth to finally reel one in.

(Gene Iwen, Paddlefisher) "It's fun. It may seem like your back, your shoulders, your side hurt. Once you catch one, it's worth it."

Iwen enjoys the challenge of proving the veteran anglers wrong.

"These older guys around here they look at the young people and they are like Oh he doesn't know what he's doing, he's got less experience than us. Well I'm pretty sure I've caught one more fish than a lot of these guys.

Whether Gene knows it or not, he is injecting some new blood into an old activity.

In Western North Dakota, Gary Brode, KX News.

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