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Published June 15, 2013, 09:32 PM

An Ottertail family is remembering a loved one by fishing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fishing was a way of life - for one Ottertail man. So, that's how his family wants to remember him.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fishing was a way of life - for one Ottertail man. So, that's how his family wants to remember him.

It's the second annual youth fishing tournament in Ottertail. But, it's not all about catching the big one. It's about remembering a loved one, lost.

There's a first time for everything.

Nate Verduzco-Angler: "I think I caught 34."

For Nate, this fish, won't be his last.

Verduzco: "I caught a big fish and then I just caught big fish and bigger fish."

But as part of a new event, Rocky's Fishing Friends, the tournament challenges kids to get out on the water, some for the first time.

Verduzco: "I taught myself to fish."

Gary Harrington-Lakes Country Sportsmans Club: "Nice fish"

Gary Harrington, with Lakes Country Sportsmans Club, he helps honor Rocky.

Harrington: "He loved to fish, he loved to hunt."

Who was killed in a motorcycle accident almost two years ago.

Arne Gudmestad-Rocky's Sister: "He thought everyone for fish. He wanted everyone in the family to go fishing."

The avid angler also loved kids, and wanted them to excel in whatever they chose.

Gudmestad: "Perhaps develop a life-long love of fishing, which my brother had."

Like Nate,

Verduzco:"it was a walleye but it had teeth.

Who, though it's definitely not his first time, and there's another one.

Is part of a program to make the memory of Rocky last a little bit longer.

"Rocky's Fishing Friends" is hoping to raise awareness so they can keep this tradition alive.

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