Fishing Tournament Caters to Parkland Youth

Parkland Fishing Tournament Sq Up

The City of Parkland Annually holds a three-part youth fishing tournament at the fishing pier at Pine Trails Park in the heart of the city. With one fishing date in June, a second in July, and the last installment in August, young contestants compete for prizes for largest fish, smallest fish, most fish caught, and more.

This annual summer event is enjoyed by the youth who participate and their parents alike. Saturday, June 17th was the first tournament date, Saturday, July 15th was the second, and the third and final date is scheduled for Saturday, August 19th. All three dates run from 8:00am through 10:00am with the awards presented immediately after the August 19th installment.

“Kids love the event and we love seeing the looks on their faces,” said Gayle Vasile, Parks and Recreation Manager for the City of Parkland. “Parents don’t seem to have trouble waking the kids early on Saturday morning for this event,” she said.

Kids pull a variety of fish out of the Pine Trails Park lake and take them to the judging area where they are weighed and logged. That data is crunched and those who participate in all three tournament dates are eligible for the tournament awards.

The event’s admission is free. “Since everyone brings their own gear and bait, we can put on this event with no admission,” Vasile said, “and when we see a kid’s face light up when he catches his first fish, how could we charge for that?”

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