Young angler, big fish

Posted on: March 11, 2016 | Bob Frye | Comments

Austin Aikins is picking up right where he left off.

Readers of this blog may remember him from last year. The Lower Burrell teen appeared here twice.

The first time was because of two catches he recorded in April. He caught a 22-inch golden rainbow from Plum Creek just after trout season opened, then nine days later landed a 50-inch musky near Kelly Station on the Allegheny River.

Later in the summer, in July, he caught a 28-inch, 10-pound hybrid striped bass from Shenango River Lake.

And now?

Already this year, Aikins – now a 14-year-old eighth grader at Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington – has two giant trout to his credit.

Fishing the delayed harvest section of Deer Creek, he landed two big rainbows. He didn’t measure either, but got them on back-to-back days, on March 4 and 5.

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