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April 16, 2013

KidFish event draws record turnout

By BRIAN SMITH

Bonding time for some. A competition for others. A fun time for all.

More than 250 kids, a record amount for the event, came out for the annual KidFish event Saturday at Holland Lake Pond. The event was sponsored by Weatherford Parks and Recreation, Jerry’s Chevrolet and the KidFish Foundation. Anglers came from as far as Haslet and Little Elm to take part in the event.

Main Street and Special Events Coordinator Kim Thieme said people came to sign up until about 11:30 a.m. for the event, which ended at noon. She said publicizing at the nearby Blastball games may have had an impact, as the children and parents came over before and after their games.

“This is easily double the crowd we’ve had since I’ve been here and we couldn’t be happier,” Thieme said.

While all equipment was available on a first come, first served basis, many participants brought their own, including coolers to keep their bait at the proper temperature.

People came to the event an hour before it began to pick out their favorite fishing spot. Joe Townsen of Fort Worth, came to help his niece, Tammy, fish.

“This little lady loves to fish and I don’t get to spend enough time with her, so I came out to give her parents a break,” Townsen said.

Tammy, 6, said she wanted to pull “a shark” out of the pond but said she would settle for a “little fish.” 

There were no little fish in the pond, as Shawn Ashcroft with KidFish would attest, having personally stocked the pond Friday with 350 pounds of channel catfish, each weighing between two and 16 pounds. Dillon Sager, 10, of Haslet, pulled the first fish out of the pond just minutes after the event started, coming through with a healthy 19-inch fish. 

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