POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Anglers young and old will be able to take advantage of free fishing and possibly winning a prize, when the Mason County Family Resource Network hosts the 23rd annual Parent/Child Fishing Rodeo.
The event will be Saturday at Krodel Park from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
“The main idea of the fishing rodeo is to give families the opportunity to do something together that’s free,” said Greg Fowler, executive director of the family resource network. “Families don’t do enough together, and this gives them four hours of fun and a chance to win prizes.”
He stated three prizes will be given in each age category. Age categories include: up to five years; 6-10 years; 11-15 years; 16-20 years; and 21 years and over. Prizes to be awarded are for the shortest fish caught; longest fish caught; and most fish caught.
No fishing license will be required to take part in the rodeo, Fowler said. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult, however.
There are three contest rules, including fish must be caught on hook and line, the fish must be game fish (no minnows or shad), and the fish must be alive.
Fowler said in addition to the fishing, several organizations will be on hand with information on health and local programs. The Mason County Health Department will be serving hot dogs, and M&G Polymers will be offering water.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.