During a June 13 fishing field trip with the Outdoors Club of City Charter High School, Thomas Bayerlein, 15, of Carrick released a 33-inch northern pike in the Allegheny River off Pittsburgh's North Shore. Northerns are uncommon in the Downtown area. The ninth grader caught it on a spin-cast rod and a worm, and was issued an Angler Award citation by the state Fish and Boat Commission.
The unusual catch marked an auspicious debut for Venture Outdoors' Downtown Tri-Anglers fishing program, which started late this year following funding delays. The Tri-Anglers' afternoon fishing forays are open to everyone 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the North Shore near Clemente Bridge. Live bait, tackle and instruction are provided. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required for anglers 16-plus. Season fee $5. Details 412-255-0564.
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