The largest children’s-only event in deep east Texas and western Louisiana will be held Saturday, May 12 when Center Broadcasting Company and the Shelby County Bass Anglers host the 40th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament on Toledo Bend.
For four-decades, the free event has been for kids ages 3 to 15, with every child receiving a rod & reel. In addition, trophies will be awarded in three-separate age groups for largest fish, heaviest stringer by weight and even smallest fish by length.
Center Broadcasting Co. stations KQBB 100.5 FM, KDET 930 AM and KXXE 92.5 FM, along with a hand-full of volunteers put the original tournament together in 1978. The Shelby County Bass Anglers became co-host in recent years, adding a professional fishing atmosphere to the overall tournament, including the very important weigh-in. The bass anglers will once again be hosting a casting competition for all kids.
Tournament director Lori Alvis of Center Broadcasting, says the long-time tourney has provided a wonderful opportunity for hundreds of parents, kids and family members to spend quality time together in the outdoors.
“We’re very excited to have reached the 40th year of Take a Kid Fishing. The family time alone, seeing so many smiles, parents and children communicating year-after-year, is well worth it.” She added, “We hope you bring your child(ren) out and enjoy the day with us.”
Ms. Alvis said this year’s event could be the largest ever. Well over 500 participants took part a year ago. There’s also free hot dogs, cold drinks and grab-bags for each child.
Fishing begins at 6 a.m., anywhere on Toledo Bend, but all participants must be in the weigh-in line no later than noon on May 12 at Huxley Bay Marina.
All tournament participants must be pre-registered, according to Ms. Alvis.
Entry forms can be picked up at the Center Broadcasting studios, located at 307 San Augustine Street in Center, Huxley Bay Marina, Trail’s End Grocery & RV in Huxley, Southside Bank in San Augustine, or Hometown Tackle & Marine in Center. Forms can also be downloaded from the radio station website, cbc-radio.com.
Ms. Alvis said mailed forms must be postmarked by May 4, or can be dropped-off at the Center Broadcasting office, no later than May 7.
For more information on the Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament contact Center Broadcasting, Co., 936-598-3304.