SARDIS – Though not equal to a record crowd, the 14th annual Youth Fishing Rodeo was a crowning success.
Three hundred fifty-five youths ages 0 to 15 released hooks to bring in whatever Sardis Lower Lake decided to release Saturday morning.
Dalton Webb had the big catch of the day with the biggest fish of 8.48 pounds. He also placed first in the 0-5 year old category. Webb used doughball to catch his fish.
The smallest fish award went to Mitchell Russell with a weight of .02 pounds.
Coordinator and Sardis Lake Park Ranger Bobby Cox announced 42 volunteers were responsible to help with the Rodeo. Also, Cox announced his retirement this year from the Corps.
There were more than enough prizes in the prize tent for each participant to have one and also a thermos or cup from local sponsors.
Category winners include:
0-5 years old
First Place: Dalton Webb, 8.48 pounds;
Second Place: Gavin Webb, 6.62 pounds
Third Place: Samantha Organ, 1.57 pounds
6-10 years old
First Place: Katelyn Webb, 7.24 pounds
Second Place: Alex Tuft, 5.69 pounds
Third Place: Ethan Dilley, 5.20 pounds
11-15 years old
First Place: Janine Butler, 4.37 pounds
Second Place: Lauren Russell, 3.36 pounds
Third Place: Charles Corley, 3.03 pounds
two turtles: 6.52 pounds total;
biggest 3.69 pounds.