Area anglers converge for annual fishing rodeo

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Every Memorial Day weekend for the last 12 years area anglers flock to Heritage Park to participate in the annual Fishing Rodeo and every year the event has continued to grow this year was no exception.

In absolutely perfect mid-70's weather and a clear blue sky above, over 230 participants both young and old, baited their hooks and cast their lines hoping to reel in the big fish of the day or a least a string of good eating to take home.

"It was a very successful day," said Randy Lemmons of the Clay County Conservation and Piggott Parks and Recreation who helped provide drinks and prizes, "We've had some good days and bad days with the weather, but this one certainly ranks up their as one of the best."

Over $360 worth of fishing tackle and accessories such as tackle boxes, lures, rods and reels were raffled off to participants with a rod and reel combo being awarded to the fisherman with the largest catch of the day.

The winner of this year's event was Kristin Hale, age nine of Rector. Hale reeled in a catfish weighing in at 1.15 pounds.

Piggott mayor Gerald Morris was on hand at the event and made several rounds of the park to assist young anglers with baiting their hooks and reeling in their catches.

Also on hand was Jerry Roark of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League who helped weigh in the fish.

Rourke, with his prosessional fisherman's shirt, created quite a bit of excitement with the younger participants and told Lemmons he hopes to help sponsor the event next year.

According to Lemmons, Roark will would bring in even more prizes, such as Eagle Claw hooks and lures and other accessories.

"His help will make this event even more successful," said Lemmons.

Lemmons also thanked Sam Williams of the Piggott Police Department for being on hand to help with the event.

"He's always here and is always a big help," he said.

"We couldn't have asked for any better weather," he added.

In addition to casting their lines, participants also enjoyed other activities during the day such as walking, frisbee tossing, and catching friends in fishing nets.

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