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Baker wades in on the campaign trail

Gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, center, joined science students from Hudson High School in lowering a net in the Assabet River, prior to the release of hatchery-raised trout.

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Gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, center, joined science students from Hudson High School in lowering a net in the Assabet River, prior to the release of hatchery-raised trout.

Sometimes gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker sports a suit and tie, sometimes it’s a sweater, today it was waders.

Baker was invited by Hudson High School science teacher to join students in releasing trout into the Assabet River, the culmination of a biology project that included studying issues like water quality, said Baker spokesman Tim Buckley.

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He accepted the invitation and today, in Northborough, Baker waded into the river’s water and set hatchery-raised fish from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to swim free, Buckley said.

Asked whether Baker, a former health insurance company executive, is a fishing fan, Buckley said the candidate had done more salt water fishing than fresh water.

“I would not call him avid though,” he said with a laugh. “He’s more at home on the basketball court than with a fishing rod.”

Baker is one of eleven candidates running to succeed Governor Deval Patrick.

joshua.miller@globe.com@jm_bos
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