Youth Fishing Day draws crowd
by Matt Shinall
Jun 04, 2013 | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Ratcliff, left, helps his son, Ryo Ratcliff, load a bucket of catfish caught Monday at Dellinger’s annual Youth Fishing Day. MATT SHINALL/The Daily Tribune News
Michael Ratcliff, left, helps his son, Ryo Ratcliff, load a bucket of catfish caught Monday at Dellinger’s annual Youth Fishing Day. MATT SHINALL/The Daily Tribune News
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Kids eager to land a giant catfish at Cartersville’s Dellinger Park gathered around the pond Monday for the annual Youth Fishing Day.

Though early morning rain may have kept some at home, 127 youth registered on-site Monday.

“Everything went well. Our crowd was down; we had 127 registered,” said Cartersville Parks and Recreation Director Greg Anderson. “I thought we would have more, but we had a lot of fish caught.

“We had a good time and had a lot of fish stories told.”

Among those telling stories were Mark Hagan and daughter Malee Hagan, recalling the catch they reeled in at last year’s fishing day weighing about 18 pounds.

“We’ve been coming down here since my son was 3. So, that was 12, 13 years ago,” Mark Hagan said. “Now I come with my daughter.

“It’s fun. Some years are better than others, but that’s why they call it fishing, not catching.”

The fun will be recreated Friday with the annual Senior Fishing Day from 7 a.m. to noon for residents 50 years and older. Hot dogs and drinks will be served at noon.

Fishing days with Cartersville Parks and Recreation are held in coordination with National Fishing and Boating Week. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources exempts participants of the Dellinger Park fishing events from the requirement to hold a valid state fishing license. DNR will do the same Saturday for anglers of public waterways across Georgia.