Saturday proved to be a great day with perfect weather for the Treasure Lake Sportsman’s Club Annual Children’s Fishing Rodeo at Little Flipper Lake. The annual event held each Memorial Day Weekend for children ages 4-12 includes lunch, craft, raffle, prizes and LOTS of fishing. The top 10 fishers with the biggest catches take home brand new bikes and helmets.
“We had a total of 113 children this year for an amazing turn out considering the threatening weather,” said Judy Smith, Sportsman’s Club Treasurer, “We were very pleased.”
A favorite family tradition, the event, according to Smith, “brings out the entire family to teach the fishing sport to the next generation.”
“We seemed to have more adult family members this year – grandmas, grandpas and aunts and uncles,” said Smith, “It’s so much fun to see the children bring up their ‘catches’ to get weighed, and to watch them hold or touch a fish for the first time.”
Despite the Sportsman’s Club stocking Little Flipper Lake with trout a week before the rodeo the longest fish caught was a 14 ½ inch bass by Gracie Herzing. Eight of the winners caught trout, and two caught catfish.
The 2019 Children’s Fishing Rodeo winners for the boys were: Owen Makin, Benny Zuchelli, Andrew Moore, Andrew Cabigas, Hunter Lundberg and Michael Zuchelli. And the winners for the girls were: Gracie Herzing, Tara Muth, Lucille Calhoun, Evie Howard, and Juliana Wicks.
This year’s sponsors of the event included: Omya, Inc, Julie Savelli, WalMart, Dave Bowser, Lodin’s Gems and Minerals, Steve and Ann Irvine, Miller Home, Reynolds Financial, Zwick & Zwick, Crescent Beer Distributors, Frito Lay, Meadows Frozen Custard, Sedgwick Business Solutions, Sandra Murray.
A special thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and the Treasure Lake Sportsman’s Club for hosting this well loved family tradition in Treasure Lake.
Photos by Treasure Lake Sportsman’s Club