Kids reel in fish at Wingate camp

Published 5:52 pm Friday, June 26, 2015

The Bainbridge Leisure Services Department’s Jack Wingate Summer Camp completed its final session this week.

The camp, named for Wingate, the late sage of Lake Seminole and member of the legendary guides section of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin, allowed boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 10 to enjoy fishing and other outdoor activities.

They enjoyed fishing for bream and cat fish and also visited Wingate’s Lodge on Lake Seminole where they received a history lesson about the camp given by the late Jack Wingate’s daughter, Jackie.

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The campers received a special treat on Friday when Bainbridge record setting professional lady angler Pam Martin Wells, a member of the Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame and the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in Springville, Tennessee, visited the camp during a fishing outing at the Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA pond.

Bainbridge Leisure Services Department youth director Joey Lee said the Wingate Summer Camp allows local youngsters to enjoy the outdoors while learning to pull in good size catches.

“Watching the kids eyes light up when they get a bit is really something special,” Lee said.

During the campers’ Friday fishing expedition, the young anglers baited their cane fishing poles with worms and crickets.

The older 11 to 14-year-old Wingate campers worked on some archery and firing range skills earlier this summer.