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Children reel ’em in at SJSO-hosted youth fishing camp

NORCO — It was local children who hauled in all the big fish.

The winners include Hannah St. Martin, most fish, girls; Sawyer Edwards, most fish and first fish, boys, and third overall biggest fish; Destany Walker, first fish, girls and second overall biggest fish; and Terreke Grover, biggest fish.

Those children, along with many others, were hosted by St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre and several officers, who spent Saturday morning with children, reelin’ them in at St. John Parish’s annual kids fishing camp in the Bonnet Carre Spillway near Norco.

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the event, and officers were pleased to work with volunteers from the LaPlace Rotary Club, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter, Grind Time, and Gold Rod Fishing Club and several sponsors to present the event.

Sgt. Danielle Falgoust and Lt. Elton Foret help Hannah St. Martin identify her fish.

With pole and bait in hand, officers led children in the fishing excursion held around the spillway’s boat launch. Officers helped children place worms and crickets on a hook, cast poles and offer other fishing tips.

Deputy Bernell Charles spearheaded the camp. Fishing poles and bait were provided. Dunkin’ Donuts and juice were available and, hamburgers and hot dogs were served.

Councilman Larry Sorapuru Jr. also assisted Charles.

Terreke Grover was the top fisher and won an inland charter trip for four in Lafitte.

St. John officers help children fish during the St. John Parish kids fishing camp Sept. 15 at the Bonnet Carre Spillway near Norco.