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Kids Enjoy Free Fishing Rodeo

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Boys and Girls traded Saturday morning cartoons for a spot at Memorial Park and a chance to land the big one in the 6th annual Hendersonville Parks Department Kids Fishing Rodeo.

The lake was stocked with about 400 pounds of catfish according to Chick Richards with the Hendersonville Parks Department.

Children arrived before 7 a.m., anxious to drop their lines in the water.

The rodeo was open to kids of all skill levels.  Some had their own gear, including one young girl armed with a pink Zebco.  Another youngster carried a blue and red Spider Man rod.

Richards said the rodeo exposes children to the sport and may be something they can enjoy for a lifetime.  "I'd be on the lake every day if I could" said Richards.

One father brought his two daughters for their first experience fishing. "I think dad may be doing most of the work" he said.

It was only minutes after the rodeo began before a Cub Scout landed the first catfish.  Unfortunately it was too small to weigh.

According to the TWRA web site, every year on the second Saturday in June, the TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license. Children that are 15 years of age or younger may fish without a license for the entire week starting on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday.

The Hendersonville Parks Department Fishing Rodeo was sponsored by the TWRA, Army Corps of Engineers and Kroger.

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