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VIDEO: A kids' fishing story — as told by a kid

DEVILS LAKE—One of the best ways to get kids interested and involved in ice fishing is to take them tip-up fishing for northern pike.

It's an equal opportunity style of fishing, for one thing. When a flag pops signaling a strike, the grown-ups in the crew can let the kids catch the fish, and the kids can play and run around without having to stare at a hole in the ice for hours on end waiting for something to happen.

With four lines allowed for tip-up fishing in North Dakota, there are plenty of opportunities for something to happen—in this case, a northern pike to hit the bait—and keep the kids occupied.

Eight-year-old Braden Durick of Grand Forks, a second-grader at Sacred Heart school, is a seasoned veteran when it comes to tip-up fishing. He's been chasing flags with his dad, Brad Durick, and other friends on the ice since he was 3 years old.

Braden was more of a spectator than a "fisherkid" in those early days, but now he isn't scared to race the big guys to do battle with a toothy pike when a flag pops.

In the accompanying video, Braden shows off a hefty northern pike he caught Sunday, March 11, on Devils Lake while fishing with his dad and Herald outdoors editor Brad Dokken. The fishing wasn't fast and furious, but Braden didn't have any trouble staying busy between strikes. Watch here as Braden tells the story of catching and releasing the biggest pike of the day—as only an 8-year-old can tell the story.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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