Students Hooked on Fishing

Puyallup is known for its flowing river aptly named the Puyallup River. Every year fishermen search for a catch on the river.

Junior Justin Binkley has been fishing in the river since the age of three.

“My favorite part of fishing is either fighting the fish or eating it I cannot decide. [My favorite experience was] catching my first salmon,” Binkley said. “[I wanted to start fishing because of] the exhilarating adventure and the bonding experience between family and friends you get. I fish about every weekend whether it be streams, lakes, rivers or salt water.

Binkley’s experience fishing is also allowed him to earn a job.

“I recently got a job in Westport cleaning salmon, ling cod, tuna, halibut and sea bass. Two friends and I will go up weekends in early spring and when school gets out we will go up all summer long living in a wall tent and working,” Binkley said.

Binkley is not the only student who enjoys fishing on the Puyallup River. Junior Spencer Kidder is also passionate about catching fish.

“I have been fishing basically forever. I got into fishing because when I was little my dad would take my brother and I to local lakes and rivers,” Kidder said.

Kidder proclaims he has been fishing for as long as he can remember.

“My favorite part about fishing is that adrenaline rush you get when you set the hook into a good size fish and it starts running and you hear that drag screaming. My favorite memory was when my brother and I went trout fishing and we caught about 70 fish between the two of us and we were only fishing for about two hours,” Kidder said.