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Despite the heat, Kids Day on the Pond still a youth hit

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Ample fish to catch and throw back along with a healthy supply of Pelican’s SnoBalls enabled some 60 youngsters to endure intense morning heat at the sixth annual Kids Day on the Pond outing at Walston Pond, located at the tip of Edgecombe County, last Saturday.

“The turnout is very good for the temperature,” expressed event founder Billy Ray Lucas of the sponsoring Carolina Fishers of Men Inshore Trail. “It’s been mighty hot.”

Fishing was best when the temperature of the water was cooler early in the morning.

But as young angler Stephanie Watson observed: “We might need some longer lines.”

Nonetheless, several varieties of fish — including bass, bream and shellcracker — were being hooked until the arrival of the snoball vehicle. Then, youngsters — and adults — hastened to the concession window.

Fishing activities dominated the three-hour period that culminated with hot dogs, beverages, chips, a devotional and prizes. Prizes were plentiful. Bait and fishing poles were provided.

Avery Grace Roberts, the Ages 3-6 winner, was especially proud of her final catch.

“It almost broke my thing,” she exclaimed. “I hope I win.”

She did with a total of nine fish caught.

Cole Beaman, age 14, landed the prize for catching the most fish (22). He’s pretty serious about his fishing and even divulged a tip about his good fortune.

The Beaman youth said he found a spot with a log at the edge of the water.

“I’m in a good spot,” he declared. “Fish like structure. As long as you don’t get hung up, you can catch some fish.”

Walston Pond, the tournament venue for the fifth year, drew praise.

“It’s a good pond,” noted Eric Beaman, Cole’s father. “It’s nice and clean with a lot of fish.”

Jacob Pridgen, in Ages 7-11, landed the overall biggest fish (1.86 pounds.

Catching the most fish in Ages 3-6 were Roberts, first with nine; Zachary Foley, second with eight; and Caleb Henderson, third with seven.

Bringing in the most fish in 7-11 were Pridgen, first with 13; Ethan Brotherton, second with 10; and Savannah Daniels, third with 10.

Claiming the biggest fish in 3-6 were Foley, first at 1.38 pounds; Wesley Wooten, second at 1.22 pounds; and Kate Lucas, third at 0.69 pounds.

Kailyn Hendrick placed first in 7-11 at 1.43 pounds. Second was Ayden Wooten at 1.19, with Megan Daniels third at 1.15.

In Ages 12-15, Jackson Pridgen reeled in the most fish (21), followed by Katie Sharp with 20 and Austin Wooten, third with 10.

With a catch of 0.63 pounds, Asia Ruffin hooked the largest in the age group. Ayden Cox took second (0.33), and Aaron Coley salvaged third (0.32).

The snoballs sufficed for Kailye Gay, but Daniels was already looking forward to next year.

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