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Participation — and prizes — were up for the fifth edition of the Carolina Fishers of Men Inshore Trail’s Kids Day on the Pond, which took place at Watson Pond, located at the tip of Edgecombe County, earlier this month.
A total of 63 youngsters fished, marking a slight increase from 2016. The Saturday morning event attracted over 80 youngsters but approximately 25 percent of them preferred to watch others compete, enjoy the sno cones and involve themselves in other activities.
Noteworthy among a plentiful supply of prizes was four bicycles being awarded as compared to one last year.
Event coordinator Billy Ray Lucas reported 300-plus fish were hooked in the allotted time of two hours. Lucas and Bobby Hinnant lauded the continued success of the endeavor, which adds a spiritual touch with a devotional following the competition.
Needless to say, the prizes, sno cones for the second year, the hot dogs and trophies were again a big hit. Clarence Barnette honored his pledge and again prepared the hot dogs.
Brayden Pressley and Jackson Pridgen surfaced as the 2017 overall fishing champions. Pressley brought in the largest fish, a large-mouth bass that weighed 1.96 pounds. Pridgen landed the most fish (25).
Triumphant in the Ages 3-6 division were Biggest Fish: Kate Lucas, 1st (.97 pounds), Avery Pressley 2nd (.68 pounds) and Caleb Henderson 3rd (.52 pounds); and Most Fish: Ella Lyndon 1st (11), MaKenzie Webb 2nd (10), Avery Roberts 3rd (10).
Trophy winners in Ages 7-11 were Biggest Fish: Abby Webb 1st (.47 pounds), Brysteen Keel 2nd (.39 pounds), and Aidea Shadding 3rd (.36) pounds; and Most Fish: Katie Sharp 1st (15), Brystseen Keel 2nd (8) and Abby Webb 3rd (8).
Taking the honors in Ages 12-15 were Biggest Fish: Jared Paul 1st (.86 pounds), Aarron Coley 2nd (.51 pounds), Brianna Hill 3rd (.33 pounds); and Most Fish: Clay Williams 1st (21), Jared Paul 2nd (15) and Jessica Johnson 3rd (12).
In closing Lucas expressed his thanks to Alan and Kay Walston for use of the pond and to Hinnant, the volunteers, trail members and sponsors for another successful Kids Day on the Pond.