Local nine-year-old is already a fishing pro

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While being interviewed, Hunter Ponton grabbed his pole and ran to the pond. Within two minutes, he was pulling out a fish. Here, he proudly holds it up and shares that he would let others use his pole and fish if they wanted to.Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

If a fishing documentary or show is on TV, there is a good chance that Hunter Ponton has a center seat, with both ears and eyes glued. At only three-years-old, he started fishing and hasn’t slowed down since.

“It doesn’t matter where we go, if there is a pond or creek, Hunter will be in it, fishing,” his parents, Bub and Angie Ponton, said with glee.

With over ten citations and perhaps a little over 400 various lures, this nine-year-old can “out fish talk” the best of them.

“I love it,” Hunter said. “I don’t care what kind it is, I like to fish.”

His pictures on the walls at home, as well as his journal, tell his stories.

He is now a known name in the industry of musky fishing and has even become the ambassador of a major supply company.

In a few weeks, he will be attending a major fishing expo. Several companies have asked him to sit in their booth. “I’m going to have to go to this one, then that one, and then another one,” said Hunter with a big grin. “I can’t wait.”

Hunter’s newfound love is musky fishing, although he likes to catch anything. Some of his catches are actually bigger than him. He caught this one while fishing with a well-known fisherman, Lance Seasor.

Bub and Angie are in awe of their son’s accomplishments, and how Hunter continues to overcome the terrible side effects of battling childhood vaccines. “We make it through them better now as the fishing seems to really calm him,” they said.

They encourage his newfound love and have gone from refinishing his paw-paws boat to now owning three. “It’s a lot of fun,” Hunter said before adding, “I’ll show you if you want me to.”

Hunter’s full story will be in next week’s issue.