The annual youth fishing tournament, “Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs,” is scheduled for June 2 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Sabine River Authority headquarters on Farm-to-Market 288 which is between Highways 154 and 182.
The tournament is sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks & Wildlife and the SRA. Contestants must be 16 years of age and younger with children under seven accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Wood County Sheriff Tom Castloo is hoping for a big event. “Last year we had some bad weather and still had over 200 kids. We hope to have many more this year and we can deal with up to 600 kids,” Castloo noted. “It’s going to be a great time for the kids. It’s the law enforcement community’s turn to show kids what it’s like to be a kid again, to get out and fish and have some fun competition with the chance to win bicycles and other great prizes.”
According to the rules for the event, all fish must be caught on a pole or rod and reel. Contestants should furnish their own rod and reel if possible, but they will be furnished for those who don’t have them.
Fish can be weighed in at anytime during the tournament, but the final weigh-in will be at noon. The tournament is designed to promote fishing as a sport and to give children a chance to become involved.
Registration is free and a meal is provided during the tournament. Prizes will be given for the largest fish in each category and age group. The tournament hours are 8 a.m. to noon.
For further information, contact the game wardens or the wood County Sheriff’s Office at 903-763-2201.
- By LARRY TUCKER