Saturday, June 1, the Corps of Engineers Hurricane Creek recreation area on Lake O’ The Pines, was the scene of the 14th Annual Kids Free Fish Day.
Sponsored by the Pine Cone Fishing Club and eagerly supported by community volunteers and local businesses, the event drew nearly 350 young girls & boys, ages 5 weeks – 16, and accompanying adults from Texas and surrounding states.
After bank fishing for three hours, from 9 – noon, the kids proudly brought in their big catches of Bass, Bluegill, Red Ear, Stripers, Catfish, & even a few turtles some weighing less than the digital scales could register but logged in regardless.
Prizes donated by local businesses and trophies were awarded to four different age groups for the heaviest total weight of a stringer, but the real cash prizes went to the top three biggest fish.
Top honors in each age group were Bella Welborn, age 2-4 class, Marie Massey for age class 5-6, Teegan Hareless, age class 7-9, James Rohrback, 10 – 12, and age class 13-16, Cody Garza.
The big fish pot totaling $274.00 was divided between the top three fishermen with the biggest fish and top prize money was awarded to James Rohrback with a three pound catfish!Tackle, live bait, snacks, drinks and hotdogs were all furnished totally free to all participants and their accompanying adults.