36th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo

  • Sue Suter - Tammy Cheek

  • Robert Meece with a fish he caught - Tammy Cheek

  • Wyatt Fleming with his 0.5-pound fish - Tammy Cheek

  • Sutton family, from left: mom, Keisha, with children, Zoe, 6, Brantley, 4, and their dad, Josh. - Tammy Cheek

  • John Thomas Lucas, 7 - Tammy Cheek

  • Ryker Harmon, 5, and dad, Danny Harmon - Tammy Cheek

  • Hannah Kate Long, 9, and brother, Henry, 5 - Tammy Cheek

  • Robert Meece,6. and dad, Jack Meece - Tammy Cheek

  • Justin Hamilton with sons, Ethan, 8 (gray T-shirt), Oliver, 5 (orange) and Tucker, 3 (blue) - Tammy Cheek

  • Chris Simmons and daughter, Hannah, 6 - Tammy Cheek

  • Todd Mulder with sons, Andrew, 8 (left), and Jack, 6 - Tammy Cheek

One hundred youngsters, divided into two sessions, took part in 36th Annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo at Farragut’s Anchor Park Saturday morning, July 25.

Joined by their families, adding up to between 250 and 300 people on hand who lined the bank of Fort Loudoun Lake, children tried their luck at catching one or more of the 1,200 pounds of catfish supplied by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Watt family members, meanwhile, generously supplied T-shirts for participants.

“I especially enjoyed the watching the families who maybe haven’t fished before, but just wanted to give it a try,” Wendy Smith, Town of Farragut Public Relations coordinator, said about the rodeo, annually sponsored by the Town and run by Brittany Spencer, Special Events and Programs coordinator.

“This is always a popular event, but this year was special because so many other things were canceled this year,” Smith added. “I think everyone was just glad to be a part of a fun event.”

This year’s Fishing Rodeo prize winners are: Boys divisions; ages 6 & under, Asher Gault, 6, with 1.85 pounds of fish; 7-to-9, Hudson Gault, 9, with 2.76 pounds; and 10-to-12, Max Hilton, 10, with 3.92 pounds. Girls divisions; ages 6 & under, Raigan Curtis, 6, with 2.81 pounds; 7-to-9, Rylin Curtis, 9, with 3.35 pounds; and

10-to-12, Cassidy Stickley, 12, with .20 pounds.

Max Hilton caught the Biggest Fish of the day, 3.92 pounds, while Reid Vining led in Most Fish Caught with 12.

Prizes to the winners are being mailed this year, in respect for COVID-19. The event, initially scheduled for May, was postponed because of the pandemic.