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Kid’s fishing rodeo set for this weekend

April 11, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Saturday will be a great day for kids who enjoy going out to the creek and dipping a line.

That's because Jimmy's Friends Helping Friends, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping local residents in need due to illness or other infirmities, will hold its 11th annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a small lake on Still Lane off Williams Road.

Youths 18 and under will bring their fishing poles, sunscreen and lawn chairs to the water, where live worms will be provided for them. The cost is $5 and hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be sold at the event.

Jimmy Roberts, who runs the organization, said the event started when it was decided Jimmy' Friends wanted to do more than just the traditional turkey shoot.

"We always did turkey shoots and we were talking one day and someone asked if we can do something with the lake, so we started the fishing rodeo." Roberts said. "We usually get at least 50 kids, but we've had as many as 94."

There will be trophies for children in each age category for the biggest fish, smallest fish, biggest bass and the most fish caught.

The event is catch and release.

Roberts said the event is more a funraiser than fundraiser, with the whole idea being to spread the word of what they do rather than raise money.

"We charge the kids, but then we buy the worms. We don't make much, it's about getting the word out and let people know what we do," Roberts said. "It's about helping friends. It's a cycle we all need to get into."

Roberts said this will be the first of two fishing rodeos. On May 5, the inaugural senior fishing rodeo will happen. The entry fee is $10 and participants will have to being their own bait, live or artificial.

For more information on the event or on Jimmy's Friends Helping Friends, call Roberts at 872-5640.



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