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Dozens of children fish at Cops-N-Bobbers event

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Kylie Joss is casting a line for the very first time.

"It was wiggling a lot and then it just stopped," said Joss.

She spent the morning at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point, learning how to fish.

It was all thanks to a free event hosted by Portage County Law Enforcement and the Stevens Point Elks Lodge.

"It's also to get the parents out, it's free fishing weekend this weekend, so they can fish right along with the kids," said Portage County Sheriff's Deputy, Eric Koepsell.

Early on, Joss caught her first fish: a bluegill.

"I saw at first that I was also seeing my bobber bouncing up and down," said Joss.

"All of the sudden she says Doug we got one, we got one," said Doug Spindler.

And she was determined to catch another, even if she didn't want to touch it.

"She was excited to get it, I don't think it really mattered if it was five inches or twelve inches, she was just happy to get a fish," said Spindler.

Organizers said more than 80 children took part in the Cops-N-Bobbers event.

Joss said the day was a success, even if it wasn't exactly what she expected.

"I thought it would be bigger," said Joss.

Despite that, her family members said they hope the experience has inspired a life-long tradition.

Organizers said the Elks Lodge donated about $1,000 to help children learn to fish today.

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