Hundreds of kids catch a good time at the Carl Legett Kids Fishing Rodeo

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Children of all ages lined Point Cadet Marina, casting their rods and reeling in their catches.

More than 300 children participated in the 19th annual Carl Leggett Memorial Fishing Tournament's kids' fishing rodeo. It's called the 'Casting for Conservation Youth Tournament.'

Whether it was the 16-inch flounder 2-year-old Treyvon Taylor caught, or the little crocker reeled in by 9-year-old Landon Sapet; everyone was there to catch a good time.

"It's fun to just catch fish and compete in tournaments," said Landon. "It's just really fun."

Only 30 minutes into the rodeo and Landon's count was already at three. He said each catch gets a little more exhilarating than the last.

"It's just exciting and you just get that tingling feeling that you've got something," said Landon.

Others down the line agreed.

"Feels like you're about to have dinner tonight," said Lee-Michael Mayfield.

"Because I like to catch sharks and stuff," said 5-year-old Gavin Caffery.

While the day was a lot of fun, the Coastal Conservation Association had a bigger purpose for sponsoring the catch-and-release event.

"You can't have a good resource, without good stewards," said Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association, Johnny Marquez. "So it's important to get kids started early. They come out, they develop a love for fishing and hopefully that's a love that will last their lifetime."

Gavin didn't catch a shark and Lee-Michael lost the crab on his line. But they said they'll be back to cast their rods, and try again another day.

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