Over 50 youth gathered at McFayden Lake to participate in Fort Bragg Youth Sports and Fitness’s annual Fishing Derby, Saturday. Children were required to fish without parental assistance and won prizes based on age category.
Early in the morning, few anglers had any nibbles. However, as the morning wore on, the stream of children in line to have their fish weighed and measured grew exponentially.
Jensen Blaine was one of the fisherman frustrated by his start to the day, but was excited when he caught his first derby fish.
“Patience is hard but catching a fish is the fun part,” he said. “It’s long and infuriating until you catch a fish.”
Other participants agreed. Emmalee Stark, 9, said she liked catching the big bass. Her dad, Spc. Jason Stark, 97th Civil Affairs, emphasized another aspect of fishing.
“I like the quality time of fishing together,” he said. “We talk about the time — it’s not just about catching fish.”
Larissa James, Youth Sports and Fitness, said the Fishing Derby has been a fun event for children for over 18 years. This year, participants had a little over two hours to catch the biggest fish in their age group. For more information on other Youth Sports and Fitness programs, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/cys-services-sports-fitness.