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Annual Kid Fish and Play Day set for May 11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 27, 2013

Courtesy Photo Dahlia Shaw, of Gun Barrel City, shows off her catch at last year’s fishing tournament during the annual Kid Fish and Play Day. A “kids only” fishing tournament is one of several fun activities at the 21st annual Kid Fish and Play Day at Purtis Creek State Park. The event is set for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

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Dahlia Shaw, of Gun Barrel City, shows off her catch at last year’s fishing tournament during the annual Kid Fish and Play Day. A “kids only” fishing tournament is one of several fun activities at the 21st annual Kid Fish and Play Day at Purtis Creek State Park. The event is set for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–Purtis Creek State Park has moved the date of their 21st annual Kid Fish and Play Day event to Saturday, May 11. The event will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The event is usually the first Saturday in June, which is the one day in Texas that you do not need a fishing license called “Free Sport Fishing Day.”
The June date is very popular for parks to hold fishing events.
At Purtis Creek, you never need a fishing license to fish, so to provide a better event to our visitors we moved the date to May.
This also helps the kids out with a better tournament opportunity in that fishing in the late spring provides a much better catching opportunity than in the heat of the summer.
This year’s event will have more activities and information than in the past.
There will be opportunities to climb a rock wall, put together a seed ball and plant it into our grassland area to help restore the native prairie, visit a clear-water stream and view all the neat things that happen just under the water.
Visitors can also see how our Biologists use a “shock boat” to survey the lake and determine how healthy it is and if more fish are needed for stocking.
The main goal of kid fish and play day is to bring the family outdoors and provide educational opportunities to help them feel more confident and comfortable spending time in the park and our local natural areas.
Angler education stations will be primed with volunteers and activities to help you learn to tie knots, identify the types of fish you could be catching, understanding the rules and regulations of fishing in Texas and how to rig your pole, tackle and bait to provide the best opportunity to catch.
The first 500 children age 3-16 to complete all four required stations will be given a free rod, reel and bait to begin their fishing experience.
A “kids only” fishing tournament begins at 9 a.m. and goes until noon.
Trophies are awarded for the first and second largest fish in three age categories.
The Friends of Purtis Creek have partnered with Brookshire’s, Dr. Pepper and Ozarka to make sure lunch is provided free of charge.
These efforts, along with local business donating door prizes and items like bait and tackle, additional craft and play area opportunities for the smaller children should provide something for everyone to enjoy.
With all these improved efforts and TPWD Divisional support, Purtis Creek is setting the stage for a premier outdoor event.
The event is free, and no entry fees into the park will be collected until 5 p.m.

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