‘Casting for a Cure’ Lures Many Young Anglers
BY BRAD SAM
McKENZIE (June 10) — Over 140 young anglers gathered Saturday morning at McKenzie Recreation Park for the 17th annual Steve McCadams’ Casting for a Cure Kids Fishing Rodeo. The event benefits Carroll County Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.
Beautiful weather made for a pleasant day as the youngsters and their families lined the banks of the lake for several hours.
McCadams, a McKenzie native and professional outdoors guide, served as emcee for the rodeo, while volunteers from the community, including members of Carroll County Relay and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, assisted with the event. The TWRA stocked the lake with fish several days before, and agents were on-hand Saturday for the official weigh-in of each kid’s catch.
Following the final weigh-in, McCadams presented awards and prizes.
First, Kennedy Doggett, 7, of Danville, Illinois earned the award for being the angler who traveled the farthest (346 miles) to participate.
Then, awards for Biggest Fish and Most Fish were presented in each age group. Besides a plaque, each winning angler received a bicycle.
Ages 1-5: Landon Harrison (Biggest); Kaylee Anne Ferguson (Most).
Ages 6-8: Analeese Arnold (Biggest); Brody Davis (Most).
Ages 9-12: Crystl Eis (Biggest); Jaxon Mims (Most).
Ages 13-15: Kylan Borneman (Biggest); Brandon Moore (Most). The Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League donated several items to the event, and McCadams drew names to randomly award the valuable memorabilia. Winning a jersey autographed by the team was Boo Cary of McKenzie, while three pucks, each signed by a Predators player, went to Jackson Hamilton of Medina and Ty Scott and Bryan Stone, both of McKenzie. The Predators also donated dozens of the team’s rally towels to be given to participants.
The contribution was apt, as the team, who on Saturday were still competing for a championship in the Stanley Cup Finals, is known for its fans’ tradition of throwing catfish onto the ice during home games.
To close the event, each participant was presented with several prizes.
Photos by Brad Sam/The Banner
Photo by Brad Sam/The Banner