|Prescott Valley Police Department Detective Danny Oen ties some weights and a hook on a line for Cody Liles, 10. Cody’s younger brother Sam, 4, looks on during the 3rd annual Cops and Bobbers event at Fain Lake in Prescott Valley on Saturday.|
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw
|Shaundra Blanco teaches her son Kashus, 3, how to fish during the 3rd Annual Cops and Bobbers event at Fain Lake in Prescott Valley Saturday morning.|
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw
|Hundreds turned out for the third annual Cops and Bobbers free fishing event at Fain Park in Prescott Valley on Saturday, Oct.13, 2012. Photos by Cheryl Hartz.|
Aaron Arellano found out Saturday that actually catching a fish is just the first step in fishing. The next step - the one he was struggling with - is getting the fish off the hook once you reel it in.
Aaron worked with a pair of needle-nose pliers as his dad, Joe Arellano, coached, but did not step in.
"It's super-hard," Aaron said, over his shoulder.
"Keep going," Joe answered.
Joe and Aaron, along with his two younger brothers, were among hundreds of kids and parents who came out to Fain Lake on a cool, sunny Saturday morning to enjoy some time together at Prescott Valley's third annual Cops and Bobbers free fishing event.
"They've been catching them," Joe said. "It's really nice, too, because I've taken them fishing a couple of times and they haven't caught anything."
Suddenly, Aaron popped the hook free. "Dad! I got it!" he yelled.
Joe showed him how to add the rainbow trout to a stringer that already held four other rainbows and browns.
When the kids grew tired of fishing, there was plenty to do and see. Police vehicles and gear were popular, as was the sheriff's helicopter, and a Central Yavapai Fire District fire engine, a massive Tower truck.
Firefighter Nick Fournier happily showed off his gear and the big engine to child after child, putting the helmet on kids so tiny, it swallowed up their entire head.
"(Kids) see firemen as heroes," he said, "so any chance they get to interact with them, put on their gear, and sit in their trucks, that's exactly what they want to do.
"There's a lot of parents that sit inside the truck, too," he added. "And you can see their faces light up just like they were kids as well."
Fournier was off work Saturday, but he was donating his time for the event. An engineer-the guy who drives the rig-he posed for photos with the kids over and over. Some like Cory Readfaulk, a 3-year-old, just spoke up and asked to wear Fournier's helmet; others, like his 4-year-old sister, were shy and turned away.
The event involves all ages, said PVPD Sgt. Kell Palguta. "It brings kids who have never fished before an opportunity to come down with their parents," he said. If they didn't have gear, they could get one for free at the event, along with worms and marshmallows for bait.
"They can spend some quality time together and not have to spend any money," Palguta said. Everything at the event was free, from the food to the balloon animals.
And the kids were able to do some unusual things. "They get to hang out with the SWAT team, pick up the (riot) shield, pick up the (battering) ram, try on a bulletproof vest - something a kid wouldn't normally get to do," Palguta said.
Nearly 1,000 people were expected to come out to the event, he said.