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Kids snag fish, snacks & prizes at annual Tonoloway Fishing Rodeo

by Geoff Fox

The Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club held their annual Fishing Rodeo last Saturday, May 4, with a total of 87 kids along the lake trying to catch the perfect fish. photos courtesy Larry Finney

The Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club held their annual Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 4, at the club’s lake off Woodmont Road, west of Hancock.

A total of 87 kids were along the lake looking to catch the largest fish possible. The rodeo was open to kids ages 4 to 15 and there were lots of prizes for them to win, arranged by sponsors and organizers.

C&O Bicycle donated a bicycle as one of the prizes. There were also numerous fishing poles and fishing supplies up for grabs as well.

Albert Powell Fish Hatchery stocked the fish in the pond.

Jackson Younker, 7, caught the smallest fish of the day at 10 inches. Brayden Boyer, 13, caught the largest at 23 inches.

There were two categories for the largest fish caught – 4-9 year olds and 10-15 year olds.

In the 4-9 year olds, Mary Boyer, 7, caught a 14-inch fish to take first place in the age range; Jobie Gregory, 9, had a 13 3⁄4-inch fish for second; and Korben Mellott, 9, had a 13 1⁄2-inch fish.

Over in the 10-15 year old category, Brayden Boyer’s 23-inch fish took first place; Brayden Reed, 12, took second with a 13-inch fish; and Waylon Golden, 11, with a 12 3⁄4-inch fish for third.

Johnny Golden, 13, was the winner of the bicycle.

The winners of the biggest fish by age category – Front row (left to right) age 4-9 year group: Smallest fish, Jackson Younker; third place Korben Mellott; second place Jobie Gregory; and first place Mary Boyer. Back row (left to right) 10-15 year old group: third place Waylon Golden, second place Brayden Reed, and first place Brayden Boyer; and bicycle winner Johnny Golden.