• Rafting through the Obed Wild & Scenic River gorge

    Obed

    Wild & Scenic River Tennessee

Obed Kids Fishing Tournament

Katy's catch of the day.
Kaitlyn Massengale with her prize-winning bass.
Chance Melton
 

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Date: June 12, 2011
Contact: Chance Melton, 423-346-6294

The Obed Wild and Scenic River put together its first Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 11th. A total of 17 kids participated in the tournament at the Nemo section of the park. At least 73 other visitors also witnessed the competition, making it one of the best-attended events of the year. Prizes were awarded to the kids catching the three biggest fish. Claiming first prize was seven-year-old Kaitlyn Massengale of Lancing, who caught a 10-ounce smallmouth bass.

The event was seen as more than just a fun activity, however. It offered kids an opportunity that many do not have.

"In today's society," said one parent, "kids are so into video games and cellphones, it's great that they have something outdoors like this to do."

The Obed WSR has plans in the works to have more kids fishing tournaments in the future.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Obed is one of several Wild and Scenic Rivers in the National Park System? Some of the others include the Rio Grande River (Texas), the the Little Pee Dee River (North and South Carolina), and the Escalante River (Utah).