1400 Trout were caught at annual Fishing Rodeo
"A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it." -- Arnold Gingrich, founding editor of Esquire
Turnout on June 5, 2010 for the 20th annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo at Cove Creek in Jasper, Georgia was a little over half as many as last year with 275 participants. Organized by the Pickens County Sportsman Club and fostered by DNR (Department of Natural Resources), four thousand trout were added to Cove Creek for the three day event with only 1400 caught.
Many, like five year old Emily Wilson, were successful in meeting the limit of eight trout within the first hour of the event. One mother attributed their inability to catch any fish to the fact that they lost their prime spot while gathering to hear the rules. Dakota Turner, age 5, was proud to show off his first catch of the day and 21-month old Serenity Angel's first cast put her and the fishing pole in the water.
The event wouldn't be possible without volunteers and donations. This year, the first 100 participants in the Kid's Fishing Rodeo received an event T-Shirt provided by Jerry Greer of Sharp Mountain Graphics. The screens to contain the trout in the creek were put up by a Woodstock Boy Scout Troop. Rick Jasperse, the 4-H, and The Joy House volunteered their time for the Physically Challenged and Senior Day.
Event organizer Jerry Steele said they're considering moving next year's event to early May before summer vacation starts to have a better turnout. To help with next year's event visit the Pickens County Sportsman Club's website www.pcsc.us.