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Adopt-A-Fisherman Day set for Saturday

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The 22nd Annual Adopt-A-Fisherman Day is Saturday, June 1, on Lake Bridgeport at Wise County Park.

Tournament registration starts at 7:15 a.m., and fishing starts at 8. All fishermen must be signed in at Wise County Park Pavilion prior to starting to fish. Weigh-in ends at 11 a.m.

FISHING BUDDIES -A little fisherman hopes to land a big one at a past Adopt-A-Fisherman Day on Lake Bridgeport. This Saturday will mark the 22nd year for the event. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

FISHING BUDDIES -A little fisherman hopes to land a big one at a past Adopt-A-Fisherman Day on Lake Bridgeport. This Saturday will mark the 22nd year for the event. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The event is open to kids ages 1 to 16, and they will compete within the following age divisions: 1 to 5; 6 to 8; 9 to 12; and 13 to 16. Prizes will be given for the three heaviest fish in each age division. Each fisherman may weigh in only one fish.

Adults may bring a youth participant or just show up and help kids fish along the shoreline or from your boat. Loaner fishing gear for kids will be available on site, as well as bait and life jackets. Kids will receive a free tournament T-shirt, and a free hot dog lunch will be served after weigh-in.

Adopt-A-Fisherman Day is hosted by Hell’s Gate Bass Club and Texas Field and Stream of Wichita Falls. Many other groups sponsor the event including Texas Game Warden Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Tarrant Regional Water District, Wise County Public Works, Bridgeport Lions Club and the Sportsmen and Conservation Club, as well as numerous local businesses.

Wise County Park is on County Road 1638 off Farm Road 2952, south of Chico.

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