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Families fish for free

By Sonny Long
Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Oct. 19, 2013 at 5:19 a.m.

Cindy Baker, outreach coordinator with Brackenridge Recreation Complex, was one of the exhibitors at the 14th annual Boulevard Lions Club Family Fishing Day.

Anglers dipped their baits in the water at Ethel Lee Tracy Park at the 14th annual Victoria Boulevard Lions Club Family Fishing Day.

A total of 563 children and their family members took part in the event Oct. 12 that included educational exhibits from Brackenridge Park.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens also demonstrated the filleting process on many of the fish caught, allowing families to take them home ready to cook, said Alfred Vanderstucken, club secretary.

"This was an outstanding turnout of a great group of appreciative parents and children. They enjoyed the fine day of exhibits and, of course, fishing with their family in a beautiful park," Vanderstucken said.

Loaner rods, reels, stringers and free bait were provided courtesy of a grant from the Texas Game Wardens Association and Poor Boys Bait Shop.

The requirement for a fishing license was also waived for the event.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard were also on hand with a demonstration.

Among the prize winners were Zachary Beeker, most fish and second-longest fish; Gage Majefski, longest fish and second for most fish; and Jason Longoria, third place longest fish.

Children who fished also received a free T-shirt.

Victoria Parks and Recreation staff were on hand as were volunteers from the Leo Club, Venture Crew Scouting Group, city of Victoria, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other interested people.

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