37th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo

  • Todd Rushing and his son, Tyler.

  • Brooks Rogers, great-grandson of the late Bob Watt who founded the Youth Fishing Rodeo 37 years ago, was just one of the 125 participants in the Youth Fishing Rodeo May 15, and is pictured with his great-grandmother, Bob’s widow, Betty.

  • Alex Beale and his son, Andrew.

  • Three generations, from left, grandmother, Diana Roberts; granddaughter, Sydney Roberts; and mom, Megan Roberts.

  • Zachary Gonzalez shows off his catch.

  • Jason Fulton, right, and his son, Nicholas.

  • Nick Wilson and his daughter, Alexandria.

  • Eric and Vilma Rodriguez with their son, Victor.

  • Kristen Johnson and her son, Luke.

  • Cynthia Venendaal and her son, Tanner.

  • Isaac Johnson

Unseasonably chilly temperatures didn’t diminish the excitement of 125 children who signed up for Farragut’s 37th Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo Saturday, May 15.

They dressed warmly and brought their families to fish and compete for prizes in Anchor Park along Fort Loudoun Lake. Even the late Bob Watt’s great-grandson, Brooks, took part in the fun and kept the family tradition alive.

Mr. Watt, who passed away in 2014, served on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and was a member of the then-fledgling Town Parks and Recreation committee in the 1980s when he lobbied for the Town to purchase Anchor Park.

The Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo has been held there every year since its inception.

“He loved to see children discover the joy of fishing,” said Mr. Watt’s daughter, Rachel Watt David. “All seven of his grandchildren fished in it, and now his great-grandchildren are carrying on the tradition. It makes our family so proud to know that his legacy is being continued by the Town of Farragut.”