Kids Win fishing tournament coming up

Kids Win

A “small fry” shows off his big win at the 2012 tournament.

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Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 09:09 AM.

The eleventh annual Kids Win Fishing Tournament will take at the Port St. Joe Marina on May 10 and 11.

Presented by the Kids Win Foundation, children ages three to 16 who register will learn the basics of fishing and be armed with the know-how to reel in a big one.

Trophies will be given out for the biggest fish and most fish caught within each division. The “Small Fry” division is for kids aged three to eight and “Junior,” for children nine to 16. The contest is limited to in-shore, near-shore, Intercostal waterway fishing and contestants can be no further than three miles from shore. Fishing can take place from a boat, dock, bridge, pier, beach, shore or while wading.

“It’s about teaching kids to fish,” said Rick Carrie, President of the Kids Win Foundation.

Carrie spent the last nine years working around the marina and has always encouraged locals to fish, especially the kids. His reasons have deep, historical roots.

“My grandmother said that it’s hard for kids to get in trouble when they’re fishing,” said Carrie with a laugh.

The first 350 kids who register for the event will receive a rod and reel, a tackle packet, T-shirt and goodie bag. With 348 participants in the 2012 event, Carrie predicted 2013 to be the biggest tournament to date.

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