The weather forecaster scheduled a warm, sunny day for the children’s fishing day at Clay Hill Farms on Saturday.
But that didn’t stop the kids from coming or the fish from biting.
“If it hadn’t been for the extremely hot weather, we probably would have had a lot more kids, but we had a great group and I think most of them caught fish,” Jerry said. Jinright, Pike County Conservation Law Enforcement Officer. “And they caught strings of fish and some big ones.”
The young anglers who caught the heaviest fish were: 5-8 year old Benji Lassiter, 10.8 lbs, 10 fish; 9-12, Nick Collins, 9.8 lbs, 10 fish; and ages 13-15, Trenton Bryan 7.15 lbs, 9 fish.
The winning angler used livers or Catfish Charlie as bait, but only laughed when asked if he was chewing his bait.
Jinright thanked Carol Dorrill and John Dorrill III and their family for organizing the Children’s Fishing Day.
The Dorrill family have long been supporters of the annual Kids Free Fishing Day and they all remain strong advocates for young people.
“We appreciated the opportunity to continue a tradition that meant so much to my husband, John,” said Carol Dorrill. “He looked forward to Children’s Fishing Day every year. He would like us to continue what he started. We appreciate it as much as the children and we thank everyone who allows us to organize this special day on Father’s Day weekend.
Gary Weil, formerly of Banks, brought his son, Lukas, fishing as a Father’s Day weekend treat for the two of them.
“Spending time together, doing something fun and a learning experience is special,” Weil said. “We appreciate this invitation to ‘go fishing’.” We thank those who made this possible for Lukas and me and everyone else. We had a great time here at Clay Hill Farms.”
Children’s Fishing Day was sponsored by Walmart, the Alabama Conservation Officers Association and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The event is partially funded by the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program.
The Alabama TREASURE Forest Association donated $500 for catfish that were added to the pond to maintain stock so kids who fish have a better than chance of catching a fish. This year, more than 208 catfish were caught for an average of seven fish per child. It’s good fishing, guys.