DNR's Youth Fishing Rodeo reels in big crowd

Erin MacPherson/ Lance Cpl. Chanaca measures catfish reeled in on October 24, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources hosted their fourth Youth Fishing Rodeo in Socastee Saturday.

DNR wants young kids to get hooked on fishing. They want them to learn about hunting and boating too, in a safe way.

They filled the Sayebrook Pond with Catfish and Bass and let the kids start reeling them in.

The Sayebrook Pond is only open when DNR hosts their fishing rodeos. It is typically not open to the public.

DNR officials believe fishing, hunting, and boating will give children an appreciation for natural resource and it's something that can stay with them forever.

"This is the best one we've had, as far as kids catching fish bringing them up left and right. A lot of the parents are letting the kids reel them in, so if a parent gets a bite they're letting the kid bring up the fish. They have caught nice bass and lots of nice catfish," said Lance Corporal Joel Chanaca, Department of Natural Resources.

Saturday's Youth Fishing Rodeo is DNR's first Spanish outreach to the community.

"We have a lot of Hispanics in this area, so we wanted to invite all the Hispanic community to participate. They usually do not participate because they don't know what kind of services we offer and that's where I come in. We want the Hispanic community to participate and take advantage of these opportunities and the success of this program depends on their participation," said Alix Pedraza, Spanish Outreach Coordinator with DNR.

Misty Rabis caught the biggest catfish Saturday at 23 inches long.

The smallest fish caught was four inches long.

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