Youth Fishing Rodeo reels in young fishermen

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Fishermen across the state took to the water on free fishing day in the Volunteer State. In the Hub City, the city and county held a fishing contest for kids. “Maybe we just got the luck today,” fisherman William Harrison told WBBJ after catching a number of fish. Harrison said he’s been fishing his entire life, but Saturday brought kids from his neighborhood to take part in the Youth Fishing Rodeo. He said there’s nothing like helping a kid catch their first fish. “It’s a rush just to see how they react,” Harrison said. “Once they catch that fish, it’s just like their whole world. That first fish, it just wears them out.” Organizers said days like Saturday are a chance to bring the kids of today to a summer tradition in West Tennessee. “It’s a time that they can get outdoors with their family and learn,” Madison County Parks and Recreation’s Tony Ragland said. “It takes a lot of patience to fish. They learn that too when they’re fishing.” At the end of the day, fishermen like Harrison said to just get your kids out to the water. “Just take them fishing one time and just see the expression on their face. It will just make your day,” Harrison said.

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