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Getting hooked on fishing
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Approximately 90 children in the Kids of the Community program had the joy of goin’ fishing this month thanks to free fishing day in Tennessee.
The fishing took place at the Shellsford Road pond owned by Joe and Alta Faye Gribble and Ada Mai Church.
Kids of the Community coordinator Heather Luttrell said the fishing event goes back at least six years. “No one can remember exactly when it started. I will have to one day pull files of attendance and see when the first attendance was recorded.”
Littrell said the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks the pond every year for Kids of the Community’s fishing day.
“TWRA officers also come with bait and fixed poles for the kids. The area 4-H also sent eight volunteers of adults and kids to help,” said Luttrell.
It turned out to be a beautiful day for fishing as some children caught large catfish and some caught small brim. Some even caught turtles.
Anyone of any age could fish free in Tennessee’s public waters on Saturday, June 8. Youngsters under age 15 could fish free from June 8 to 14 in the state.
Kids of the Community is an entirely volunteer, nonprofit organization which operates on the philosophy that one-on-one contact on a regular basis in structured activities with caring and responsible adults can instill direction for children at risk.
The organization is sponsoring Paddlefest on Saturday, June 29. Paddlefest will incorporate a kayak race with a float down the Barren Fork and Collins rivers.
For more information about Kids of the Community, visit www.kidsofcommunity.com.