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Updated: 06/21/2018 08:30:01AM

One big day

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Connor Crews with his dad Robert.

Cassidy Crews with her trophy tilapia, held by Uncle Joey Banks

By Capt. Ralph Allen

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“Hot dog!” I thought as the colorful bobber disappeared within two seconds of landing in the middle of the pond on the very first cast of the day. And within another two seconds, the youth-sized spincast rod which had launched that successful cast was bowed over against the surging of the scrappy bluegill which had submerged the float.

Three-year-old Connor Crews held on tight (with a little help from his dad Robert) and determinedly cranked the tiny reel handle to winch the hand-sized fish towards shore. The fish stayed stuck, the light line held, and the fish was lifted for a quick photo op and a tentative touch from Connor before being released — leaving only smiles behind.

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