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Jenna Bush reels in a big fish

US President Bush holds fish caught by his daughter
President Bush (C) holds  the fish caught by his daughter Jenna (R) as his other daughter Barbara (far R), his father, former President Bush (top, C), his niece Noelle (rear, L) and their fishing guide (far L) look on. Brian Snyder / Reuters
/ Source: The Associated Press

Three generations of Bushes went fishing off the Maine coast Saturday, drawn together for the wedding of presidential nephew George Prescott Bush.

One of President Bush’s twin daughters reeled in a 38-inch striped bass, the president proudly announced.

“Jenna caught it. Jenna caught the fish!” Bush shouted to journalists from his father’s boat. Photographers said the monster was thrown back into the Atlantic.

Rods and reels in hand, the family set out together in the morning on the Fidelity III, the new powerboat owned by the first President Bush. Three 275-horsepower engines rumbled beneath the boat, which can reach speeds of up to 75 mph.

The family mostly trolled the calm waters along the Maine cliffs, just up the coast from the Bushes’ Walker’s Point home. They were shadowed by Coast Guard patrol boats.

On board were the first President Bush; the current President Bush and both his daughters; and Noelle Bush, the daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and sister of the bridegroom.

Family wedding
George P. Bush is Jeb Bush’s son. The family gathered to attend his wedding to Amanda Williams at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church near Walker’s Point.

The two met while attending law school at the University of Texas at Austin. They began dating after Bush asked her if she wanted to join him in a round of golf.

The bride-to-be works for the Jackson Walker law firm in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in commercial and labor litigation.

This fall, George P. Bush will leave his position as an assistant to a federal judge in Dallas to join the Dallas office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he will work in corporate law. The firm is one of the world’s largest and earns millions lobbying in Washington.

George P. Bush did not go fishing.

“I am very happy for my son. He is marrying a wonderful young woman. Life can’t get any better,” Gov. Bush told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday from Maine.