PLANT CITY — Kids don’t have to be expert anglers to compete in Plant City’s Recreation and Parks Department’s biannual fishing contest.
Youngsters of all skill levels show up for the derbies, one of the most popular events of the year.
“Kids get a kick out of catching the fish,” said Deborah Haldane, program manager for the department.
Registration is open for the next Youth Fishing Derby, which will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at a pond behind Plant City Stadium. There’s no fee, though anglers must bring their own poles and bait and be accompanied by an adult.
The derby is for boys and girls ages 5 to 15. Preregistration runs through Sept. 24. On-site registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. the day of the derby.
Children compete in age groups for prizes in such categories as largest fish by weight. Fish are photographed, weighed and released, Haldane said.
The Recreation and Parks Department holds free fishing derbies twice a year in the pond, which has nine types of fish. The pond off Gordon Food Service Drive is off-limits to fishing except for the derbies. Sponsors include Landshark Charters and T.A. Mahoney Co. Inc.
For information or registration, go to www.plant citygov.com and search for Fishing Derby, or contact Haldane at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 659-4255. The next derby will be in March.