Bass and perch were also inside the pond, as David Munroe, 8, of North Richland Hills found out when he pulled out a small perch from the water.
“What’s a perch?” he asked his grandfather, Joe, who lives in Weatherford, “Can you even eat these things?” Joe Munroe said David and his little brother Dalton, 6, were in a friendly competition to see who could catch the biggest fish. The winner received a trip to McDonald’s with Joe.
“It really doesn’t matter who wins,” Munroe said with a sigh. “As long as we can spend some time together.”
Before the event, Ashcroft presented KidFish College to find out what the kids knew about fishing and to set the ground rules. Top finishers as far as weight and length in each of three age divisions qualified for the State tournament in June.
“We just like to make sure the kids and everyone has a good time,” Ashcroft said.
Emily and Katie Watson, of Little Elm, heard about the event through Emily’s mom, who lives in town. The pair thought it would be a good idea to come out and have a chance to bond.
“I just want to catch a fish and spend some time with my mom,” Katie Watson said. “We can go home then.”
Catching a fish was even less of a concern for Shannon Hartzel Sr. and Jr. of Weatherford who also wanted to spend some quality time together.
“I’m having fun with him and that’s really all that matters,” the senior Hartzel said.