The following write-up is from Sgt. Bill Moulton out of Clay County. The Dale Hollow Kids Fishing Rodeo has grown to be one of the larger events in the state and all of the kids have a blast!
Bill Moulton: We were able to make certain that each child that fished at the 19th Annual Dale Hollow Kids Fishing Rodeo was able to wear a smile , get hands wet n dirty with bait, those that wanted to could meet n get licked by K9 Chip (The Wonderdog!) and leave with a door prize designed to keep them doing something outside. We had well over 400 attendees with nearly 300 kids. With the generous donation from the Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association, we gave out rod/reel combos, tackle boxes, tons of lures,soccer balls , sleeping bags, Lanterns, bait, stringers and more... the two local banks gave out big fish savings bonds, and the Friends of Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery had hot dogs n drinks. The Corp of Engineers had a boating safety booth , the local EMS was on site for snagged fingers and other first aid needs and the Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery workers helped in numerous ways..Andy Currie (Hatchery Manager) and Angie Roach (without whom this wouldnt happen each year), WO Travis Cowan (Clay Co) talked fishing to numerous folks, Sgt Bill Moulton ( Clay Co) drew short straw and had to MC. Numerous Volunteers including Jennifer Cowan, Beth Moulton,Megan Copas (Celina PD) , Pat and Roger Roberts , and too many more to list helped make this years rodeo run smoothly.
4th Annual Benton Co. Kids Fishing Rodeo
At Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
On Saturday the 11th day of June 2016, the temperatures heated up quickly but the fish bite was action packed at the 4th Annual Benton Co. Kids Fishing Rodeo located in Eva, TN at the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park (NBFSP). Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) teamed up with the NBFSP again this year to provide a fun fishing experience for anyone age 15 and under and the heat didn’t seem to deter the fun! As 8 o’clock rolled around, families with kids smiling ear to ear, eager to start fishing, surrounded the registration tent. From 8 am to 9 am, all kids planning to fish were registered in an appropriate age group to be eligible for prizes. The prize tables were located directly behind the registration tent so many kids strolled by to “ooh” and “ah” before picking out a spot to fish. Once 9 o’clock hit, the rodeo was on and it didn’t take long for the kids to start reeling in fish. After several bottles of cold water, a good shade tree, a decent KY Lake breeze and the distant smell of smoked chicken for lunch the two hours of fishing came to an end. The kids were anxious to find out who caught the most fish so they stood in line as their fish were counted and weighed. With a total of 65 kids registered, 37 kids caught 94 fish weighing a combined 64.05 lbs. Once the numbers were tallied in each age group, the winners were announced in the following order: Biggest Fish of Rodeo- Corey Painter 2.14 lbs; Girls 0-7 Most Fish- Addi Beth Merrell & Anniston Hedge 2 fish, Most Weight- Addi Beth Merrell 3.02 lbs; Girls 8-12 Most Fish- Kelsey Bailey 5 fish, Most Weight-Lauren Flowers 4.08 lbs; Girls 13-15 Most Fish & Most Weight-Amber Shepherd 2 fish & 2lbs; Boys 0-7 Most Fish- Sawyer Noles 8 fish, Most Weight- Aiden Smith 2.07 lbs; Boys 8-12 Most Fish- Barrett Shepard & Dakota Wilkes 3 fish, Most Weight Tristan Hedge 3.13 lbs; Boys 13-15 Most Fish- Ryan Baker 8 fish, Most Weight- Cory Painter 5.04lbs. After winners selected their prizes, door prizes were given out by drawing tickets handed out during registration. Thanks to all of the sponsors, all kids were able to leave with at least one prize of their choice. Finally, to wrap up the Fishing Rodeo, with bellies growling, everyone lined up to fill their plate with the mouth-watering smoked chicken that Mr. Joey Dale Peirce volunteered to slave over while everyone else was enjoying the fishing rodeo.
It was a great day of fishing and fun made possible by TWRA, NBFSP, Tennessee Wildlife Officers’ Association, Friends of NBFSP, Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot, Open Season Sporting Goods, Shooter’s Sporting Goods, Tyson, Waste Management, Sundrop, Midway Materials, Belisle Tool & Machine Inc., Ray Smith Chevrolet, Terry & Jack Leonard Law Firm and Joey Dale Pierce.