PAOLA — Everyone seemed to have a secret fishing strategy during the Miami County Sheriff’s Office’s 23rd annual Kids and Cops Fishing Tournament on June 1 at Lake Miola.

For 11-year-old Myles Sunday of Paola, it was all about the hotdog bait. He used chunks of the tasty summer dogs to reel in some hefty catfish.

Nine-year-old Shiloh Epp used a unique strategy to reel in a fish during her first time fishing. While baiting her lure, it accidentally fell between the planks of the dock she was standing on. By the time she reeled it in, it had a fish on it.

There were about 50 registered participants in the tournament, and they were busy throughout the morning reeling in catfish, bass, walleye, crappie and sunfish. The sheriff’s office had a variety of prizes available, but many of the adults and kids were simply enjoying the experience.

The tournament has become a family tradition for the Holscher family, and there were four generations represented this year. Sandy Holscher was joined by Mark Holscher, Emily Holscher, Brent Brown, 9-year-old Bella Brown and 4-year-old Olivia Baca.

Emily said she and her family members have been coming to the tournament since it began more than 20 years ago.

“I’m 34 now, so I’ve been coming most of my life,” she said.

Teams for the tournament were made up of one adult and one child 16 years old or younger, and participants were not required to obtain a city fishing license.

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