Landing the big one lands 8-year-old Brody Sears of Silt a prize |

Landing the big one lands 8-year-old Brody Sears of Silt a prize

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SILT — Eight-year-old Brody Sears of Silt has had a “big fish” story to tell this summer.

And he’ll soon have something to prove that — in his case — the big one did not get away.

This was the first year the youth was a Cub Scout, and he attended the annual Jolly Ranch Day Camp outside New Castle June 19-21. Activities include a fishing station at the ranch’s pond, where Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers stock trout, including one larger-than-the-rest trout. Called the “uncle” fish, if a Cub Scout catches it, the youth wins a new fishing pole, said Cub Scout leader Aron Diaz.

“He actually caught two fish back-to-back,” he said. “But when he got the uncle fish in, he didn’t want to touch it.”

Brody Sears will get his new fishing pole today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at the LDS Church in Glenwood Springs. He is a third-grader at St. Stephens Elementary School in Glenwood Springs.

“I didn’t know it was the uncle fish,” Brody Sears recalled, “until everyone started yelling it was the big one.”

Corn was the bait that landed the big one, he added.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Brian Gray manned the fishing station that day and said the fish was between 17 and 18 inches long.

“We didn’t keep it out very long, because I had told the kids about catch-and-release,” Gray said. “We also talked about ethics and how to handle fish.”

It took the youth a minute or two to land the uncle fish.

“It was pretty strong,” Brody Sears recalled. “He kept trying to pull me into the water.”

When his son told him his “big fish” story, “He knew I’d be excited,” Alan Sears said. “He was super excited when he told me how the other kids dropped their poles and ran over to watch.”

“We fish quite a bit together,” Alan Sears said. “I’ve fished pretty much all my life.”

Brody Sears said he and his dad fish mostly at Rifle and Harvey Gap reservoirs.

And Alan Sears said his son can be a bit “squeamish when it comes to worms and handling fish.”

“He’s a funny fisherman that way,” Alan Sears said. “He just doesn’t like to handle them. But my wife is the same. She wears gloves.”

Brody Sears is not sure why he didn’t want to touch the fish.

Alan Sears, who wasn’t present to witness his son catch the uncle fish, said he was told, “It was quite a spirited fight, with splashing galore,” he added. “He ended up with the two biggest fish of the weekend.”

When he first told his “big fish” story to his friends, Brody Sears said they all said “ah, man, you’re lucky.”

“He’s a pretty quiet kid most of the time,” Alan Sears said. “I think he’ll be even more excited when he gets his new fishing pole. It’s an open reel like mine. I’ve been teaching him with just the push button release reel.”

Alan Sears said his son has also advanced to the next Cub Scout level, a Bear.

Armed with his new fishing pole, Brody Sears is likely anxious to land another big one and have another big fish story to tell.

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