| For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Sumner County’s residents had a recent Free Fishing Day opportunity to get outdoors and try a big catch in Tennessee’s public waters without a license.
Events were held across the state last month to bring families closer to the recreation and relaxation of a day fishing on the water.
Tennessee Wildlife Officers Nathan Karch and Carl McCoy were on hand to help with the Hendersonville City Fishing Rodeo at Memorial Park, sponsored by the Hendersonville Parks Department.
“We want to encourage all children to just go outside and have fun and have the opportunity to catch their very first fish,” Karch said. “The joy we see on children’s faces when they catch a fish is just something very special. It’s all about the experience. “
Gallatin Parks and Recreation hosted their annual Kids Fishing Derby at Lock Four Point Park, and contestants competed for prizes and trophies for the smallest fish, largest fish, largest stringer, and a throwing competition.
No participant left empty-handed because all participants received a prize for enjoying the event.
“Gallatin’s Kids Fishing Derby is a popular local tradition that typically attracts nearly 100 participants,” said Page Jackson, director of the Gallatin Parks and Recreation Program. “The event introduces many first-time fishermen to the sport and promotes a love of nature. The locals look forward to participating every year. “
The heat of the early summer sun didn’t stop families from coming out to throw their worries in the lake.
“Any time on the water is better than being in,” said Allen Carver as he accompanied his daughter Autumn to the Gallatin’s Kids Fishing Derby. “You have to go back to nature”
According to a press release, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering the annual day off to pique interest in fishing as a pastime. The day gives everyone the opportunity to try out this outdoor sport and celebrate fishing as a healthy and healthy recreational opportunity all year round.
“It’s a great day for families to get together and spend time together away from technology,” said Andrea Wise, coordinator of the Hendersonville Special Events Program. “Families can have a great day together and make some memories while enjoying the parks.”
Resident Jay Hallman agreed.
“The free day of fishing allows you to have one-on-one with your kids that you normally wouldn’t have,” Hallman said during the event at Memorial Park. “Bring you together and pass on the tradition of fishing.”
Karch said he believed Free Fishing Day was more than just waiting for your next bite. It’s an opportunity to create lasting memories and experiences that will help people appreciate the beauty of their community.
“You can see all of these amazing things when you are out with your family and friends,” Karch said. “We want to encourage everyone to be outside and experience it. Nature is simply good for the soul. “