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Fishin’ with friends

Eight-year-old Derek Williams was plenty excited while showing off his freshly caught bluegill during the 21st Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo on Fort Loudoun Lake at Anchor Park Saturday evening, June 11.

Derek had even more reason to be excited a few moments later with his younger brother, Drew, 5, and friend Anthony Dixon, 10, by his side. This Farragut youngster was named one of 10 winners among an event record 216 fishing participants (ages pre-school to 15) taking part in boys and girls age categories 7-and-under, 8-to-11 and 12-to-15. Contests were broken into “largest fish caught” and overall awards for “smallest fish caught” and “most fish caught.”

Four-year-old Mattie Mills was beaming with joy while parading around the weigh-in area with one of her five catches still hooked on the line — five earned her a three-way tie for most fish caught. Emily Herbert and Dillon Landguth were the other children credited with five catches.

Event founder and its namesake, Bob Watt, labeled the 21st annual youth fishing rodeo “very successful, we’ve not had this many [before]. …. We gave away a-hundred-and-fifty T-shirts and a-hundred-and-twenty-five fannie packs.”

Watt added that Saturday’s event surpassed the 2004 youth fishing rodeo total by more than 80 participants, drawing 131 last year.

Other winners were: Largest fish caught (7-and-under), Shayna Watt — whose 1.57 pound catch was biggest overall — and Lucas Biggerstaff; (8-to-11 girl) Ashley Witt; (12-to-15) Chelsey Smith and A.J. Houston. Smallest fish caught overall: Haley Raynolds, .1 ounce.

Each winner received the choice of a fishing rod and reel or other fishing-related equipment.

The annual event was sponsored by the town of Farragut, farragutpress, Lovell Heights Barber Shop and Strike King Lure Co.


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