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PICKING UP QUITE A COLLECTION

HAVING A FIELD DAY- Members of the Erik Wiegand family display a number of frisbees they recovered at the lake following the recent fish drawdown.

EUREKA - Imagine this: an out-of-state participant in a national disc golf tournament at the lake. Someone is set to make a great throw, but the aim is off, and the $20 disc goes skimming onto the lake and under the water, never to be seen again. 

Now envision a scenario that takes places months or years later when the phone rings: Hi," the caller says. "I'm Erik Wiegand from Eureka, Illinois, and my family and I found a disc of yours. Your name and phone number are on it. And we'll send it back to you if you'd like." 

A trip to the lake nearly three weeks ago "definitely turned into something we did not expect," said Wiegand. After hearing about the lake drawdown to kill the invasive and destructive European carp, Wiegand reasoned that his family might find some old fishing lures as the water level seeped down. So Wiegand and his children, Larissa, Claire and Jonas, and their cousin, Trevor Rocke, went to the lake one weekend morning. The family, which enjoys fishing, did find a few lures. And during several return trips, they amassed about 50 of them, which they started to refurbish with new hooks. 

See article on Sept. 6 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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