The “2013 Special Youth Fishing Day” started out a cold blustery morning, but warmed up a little to make it a tolerable event, Cooke County Game Warden Darla Barr said.
Youth from Gainesville High School and Gainesville Middle School and the County Cooperative Schools joined the fun for the third year.
Barr — who organized the event — noted that sponsors included Cliff Spindle, A&P travel center, Mike Allison, Texas Parks & Wildlife fisheries, Cooke County 4-H, Rickey Mobley and Alan Baldwin.
Volunteers who helped bait poles, unhook fish, detangle lines and mentor the youth were members of the Gainesville Police Department, Ray Roberts Lake Johnson Branch State Park staff, Cliff Spindle, Jana Colteryahn, Robert Baldwin and a host of dedicated teachers.
A hotdog and hamburger lunch was held at Leonard park.
The event also included prizes for the biggest fish and the most fish caught in the girls and boys divisions.
Barr said the youngsters enjoyed their fishing experience.
“Every student left with a goodie bag to remember their fishing day and to hopefully have the skills and enthusiasm to continue to fish,” she said adding, “A special thanks goes out to the Gainesville Parks & Recreation Department.”