POINT PLEASANT — The 27th annual Fishing Rodeo will be this Saturday at Krodel Park.
The rodeo, which is sponsored by the Family Resource Network (FRN), will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Age categories for the fishing rodeo are 0-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years, 16-20 years and 21 and over. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The rodeo is open to everyone, not just Mason County residents.
Greg Fowler, FRN executive director, said the event will look slightly different this year rather than the past due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Fowler said that anyone who has a fever, symptoms or had suspected exposure to an ill person should not participate. Face masks are recommended and participants are expected to take distancing precautions. Fowler said that hand sanitizer will be available.
Fowler said additionally, the registration tables will be set up at the corners of the shelter houses, which will allow participants to stay outside while registering. Only staff and prize winners will be entering the shelter area.
“I feel that it is quite important with the current situation we have endured that families are able to get out and have relief from stress by attending an event outside and enjoying the opportunity to fish together in the outdoors,” Fowler said.
Fowler said the lake will be stocked before the fishing rodeo.
Prizes will be awarded in each age category for shortest fish caught, longest fish caught and most fish caught. The rules for the contest are that fish must be caught on the hook and line, fish must be a game fish, and the fish must be alive.
According to additional contest rules submitted by Fowler, there can only be one prize per individual; in the case of a tie in the longest or shortest categories, the individual with the most fish caught will be the winner; in the case of a tie in the most caught category, the individual with the longest fish will be the winner; after the fish is caught and recorded it must be released back to the lake; and a fish can not be passed from one age group to another for multiple recordings.
Fishing licenses are not required for the rodeo, Fowler said.
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