Monday, June 7, 2010

Local Children Get Hooked on Fishing

The annual Kid's Fishing Derby was held Saturday, June 5, 2010 on the Bankhead National Forest. Fifty youths and their families came out for a morning of fishing and fun! Children participated in casting contests and learned about boating and water safety before wetting their hooks and filling their stringers with catfish. After lunch, trophies and prizes were awarded. Jake Hood of Houston won the Albino Catfish Award. In the 10 - 12 Age Class, Felicia Warren of Houston won 2nd place for the largest fish. Kelly Riddle of Double Springs won 1st place in that age class. Kelly also had the largest fish overall at 19 1/2". In the 7 - 9 Age Class, John Robert Garcia of Double Springs won 2nd place and Blayne Crawford of Danville won 1st place for the largest fish. In the 5 - 6 Age Class, Connor Haley of Hartselle won 2nd place for the biggest fish. A tie for first place went to Zachary Hill of Haleyville and Brilyn Dover of Addison. Casting Contest winners included Connor Winters from Double Springs, Hunter Warren from Houston and Zachary Hill from Haleyville.

This community event would not be possible without the support of several key sponsors and volunteers. These include the Bankhead National Forest, the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the Winston County Commission, Winston County Natural Resources Council, Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Sipsey Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Double Springs Lions Club, and individual donors and volunteers. The Bankhead National Forest staff extend a BIG thank you to all who support the event and for all who participated!

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