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Gone fishin’
Bob Watt’s annual Fishing Rodeo introduces hundreds of kids to the fishing sport


The 23rd annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo was held Saturday, June 2, at Anchor Park, and Bob Watt himself said the turnout was large.

“It’s a good turnout. The largest turnout was two years ago with two hundred fifteen,” Watt said. “I’d say we’re close to that this year.”

Watt said he saw the need for this event when he volunteered for the town of Farragut.

“I was on the recreation committee at the time, and I knew there was a need for something like this for kids that normally wouldn’t ever get to fish. Their parents don’t fish and they just wouldn’t get to fish,” he said. “I started this twenty-three years ago and it’s just getting bigger all the time.”

He said he enjoys the rodeo almost as much as the kids do.

“I haven’t missed one yet,” he added. “This is an event that kids look forward to. A lot of the same kids are here. Of course, thirteen is the age limit now, and there are kids that fished last year that can’t fish this year, but their brothers and sisters come out.”

Parents and kids had different reasons for coming out to this year’s competition.

 

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