Go Outside for Good Health and Good Fishing

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle

I spent most of last week suffering under the haze of spring allergies. Too cheap and shortsighted to shell out the dough for the daily allergy relief medications readily available on the market, I’d prefer to “tough it out.”

I did, indeed, “tough it out.” I toughed it out on the couch and I missed all of the excitement of opening day of fishing.

From what I hear, the weather wasn’t very cooperative on Saturday, but Sunday had the people heading outside to play in droves. I know they were out there — I saw them.

I peeled myself up off the couch and headed outside to see what was going on. I was happy to see a few boats scattered across Plummer and Hayes lakes in Centralia as I passed by. I’ve heard that more than a few were happy with the bite on our local urban lakes.

My first stop on Sunday was the Healthy Pets, Healthy People Fun Run, sponsored by Thorbeckes FitLife Centers and the Chehalis-Centralia Veterinary Hospital, held at Fort Borst Park.

Dogs and people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of fitness participated in the inaugural fun run. Veterinarian Brandy Fay was grinning from ear to ear, excited to see how many people had turned out for the event. The fun runners and walkers grinned their way over the 1 mile or 5K course — a choice of routes to suite even the smallest canine companion.

The pond at Fort Borst was comfortably ringed with eager little fishermen on Sunday. I wondered how many youngsters had gotten their first taste of trout fishing thrills the day before. I imagine many were eager to return.

As I stepped out of my car, pondside, I was immediately greeted by a 5- or 6-year-old boy, also grinning ear to ear (there was a lot of grinning going on Sunday afternoon), shoving a bright blue fishing pole for me to admire.

“I winded it,” he said.

“You winded it?” I answered, puzzled.

“Yeah, I winded it. Yesterday,” he said.

And with that final elaboration, I realized he meant that he had won that beautifully bright blue fishing pole the day before at the Centralia Lions Club fishing derby. He was proud of himself and his skills.

Jackie Searing, one of the organizers of the Centralia Lions annual event, said that more than 400 kids showed up to compete for the unprecedented amount of prizes the club had to offer the young competitive fisherfolks.

“It took over an hour to give away all of the prizes,” said Searing.

The Centralia Lions Club will send out its own thanks to the Sunbird Shopping Center, Cabela’s and all of the other sponsors, but I want to personally thank whoever donated that bright blue fishing pole. Seeing the look on that boys face made my weekend, and it is a picture I will carry with me for a long, long time.
Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer who enjoys watching and photographing the wildlife in her own backyard in Cinebar. Contact her via e-mail at kz@tds.net.