From Pickwick Lake in West Tennessee to Chickamauga Dam and everywhere in between, the Warren County High School anglers have been busy fishing this spring. No competition may have been more satisfying than a Saturday afternoon session at a local pond though.
Members of the WCHS anglers and Van Buren County anglers were on hand last weekend to assist as Kids of the Community held its annual fishing day. The event was held at the pond of Faye and the late Joe Gribble, longtime supporters of the angling team and Kids of the Community.
“I’ve known Joe and Faye from a long time and they always wanted us to bring the kids,” said Kids of the Community coordinator Christie Allison. “When Joe passed last year, he told Faye to make sure to let the kids come out and fish. She told us as long as she’s in that house, our kids are welcome.”
The event, usually held in coordination with free fishing day, attracted over 80 local kids associated with the Kids of the Community program. Over the last 10 years, Kids of the Community has been able to accumulate fishing poles, while donations helped buy even more this year.
The final assist came from the TWRA, which came in and filled the pond with fish. The final result was a picture-perfect afternoon of fish, food and fun.
“It was a great day. There were kids out there who haven’t caught a fish before,” said Allison. “It didn’t matter if it was two inches – to the kid, it was two feet.”
The WCHS anglers didn’t need any more incentive to get on the water. A busy season filled with 14 straight weekends of tournaments had them more than prepared to lend a helping hand at Gribble’s pond.
"It’s great for our guys to be able to assist in something where they have some expertise. It also helps to get the word out in the community that we have a program and kids can find out about it early,” said WCHS angling coach J.W. Holt. “We try to do several events each year to give back. This year, it worked out where we had guys who could help out.”