Kids in BayCounty are learning what it means to be responsible anglers.
Panama City Beach Parks & Recreation held its annual “Youth Fishing Rodeo” to give families a fun day in the sun.
About 350 children received a fishing pole donated by the Fish Florida Foundation so they could catch bass, brim, and catfish. The fish were weighed and the largest catches of the day were added to the leader board.
Facility Supervisor Melissa Deese says the main goal is to teach kids responsible fishing and angling practices.
“It is so wonderful to see everybody having a good time,” said Deese. “And the best thing is when people come up and they’re like, ‘what, this is free, we all get lunch?’ and they get to keep their fishing pole; it’s just nice to have something for the community.”
Panama City Parks & Rec has held this event for over 10 years and Deese says she loves seeing families enjoy this fun and free event.