Vannarsdall, 10, reels in 7-pounder

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By Sharon Graves


The News-Democrat

Dakota Vannarsdall, a young local angler, doesn’t have to tell any “fish tales” about the one that got away.

It took three tries, but Dakota and his brother, Logan, finally dragged in a large-mouth bass weighing almost 7 pounds to the edge of a local farm pond. The fish measured 21 inches long.

Dakota is the 10-year-old son of Keith and Missy Vannarsdall, and said he loves to fish almost as much as he loves playing basketball.

“He is one lucky fisherman,” Missy Vannarsdall said. “He caught the bass, and several catfish that were as big or bigger than the bass. Neither his dad or his brother Logan caught anything like Dakota’s fish.”

“He’s definitely got a knack for it,” dad Keith said. “He catches them when we don’t.”

Missy said the bass “broke his line the first time he had him. It wasn’t until he had that bass on the line for the third time that they were able to get him in.”

“It took several minutes before Dakota and Logan could drag it up on the bank,” Keith said.

Dakota’s fish is being mounted and will hang on the wall in his bedroom next to another prize catch.

“We’ve talked to him about becoming a pro fisherman, but he always says, ‘No, I want to play basketball,’” Missy said.