Woods and Water — ‘Casting for a Cure’ Kids Fishing Rodeo Saturday

Woods and Water — ‘Casting for a Cure’ Kids Fishing Rodeo Saturday

By: Rob Somerville

My good friend, Steve McCadams, who has also held the title of the National Crappie Champion, has a huge heart, especially when it comes to two subjects — children and finding a cure for cancer. In today’s column, I will share some info with our readers about a great annual event he founded nearly decade ago. Many of you who read my column or our regular readers of West Tennessee Outdoors Magazine have heard me refer to Steve as “The King of Kentucky Lake.” That title is impressive in itself, but what is even more impressive is a fantastic event Steve coordinates every year. When you finish reading this article, gather up all your kids, as well as any children that may not have the opportunity to attend without your help, and head them all out to the old fishing hole with Steve. If you can’t attend, maybe you want to help sponsor this event with a donation of money or prizes for these kids. But, at the very least, drop Steve an email or phone call and let him know that you appreciate his efforts. Like he has always said, “I have never seen a kid get in trouble with a fishing pole in his hands.” The 9th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to Carroll Lake on Saturday for a fun-filled morning during which even little fish bring on big smiles. Young anglers ages 15 and younger are invited to participate in the free event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year, Steve teams up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the big event continues to grow in popularity each year. More than 2,800 kids from five states have been introduced to the great sport of fishing since the rodeo’s conception. “I’m looking forward to another big rodeo and we’ve got more prizes than ever to offer the kids this year,” said McCadams, a nationally known outdoorsman. “Thanks to the help of a TWRA, lots of volunteers and donations, the festivities will build some self-esteem in these future fishermen as they fight fish and cancer at the same time.” Participants are asked to arrive early and check-in at the registration tent where each contestant will receive a bag of goodies. Pre-registration will be from 7-9 a.m. with the actual competition taking place from 9-11 a.m. Children are asked to bring their own bait and tackle. However, TWRA will have loaner rods so every kid will have a chance to fish. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about the great sport of fishing while sharing some time with their family and friends,” said McCadams, himself a cancer survivor. “I wanted to do something to help fight this terrible disease that affects so many people for no reason. It’s especially sad to see young kids stricken with cancer but with events like these we can give them hope as we work together to find a cure.” The event will coincide with National Fishing Week across America (June 1-8) so come on out and enjoy the fun. Saturday is also free fishing day in Tennessee. Carroll Lake is located one mile east of McKenzie and five miles west of Huntingdon on U.S. Highway 22. For additional information log on to www.stevemccadams.com or call 731-642-0360. Published in The Messenger 6.4.08

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