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Fishing rodeo supports a good cause

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Winchester – Ask any southerner and they’ll probably tell you that one of their fondest childhood memories involves going fishing. The great outdoors, the sport of outsmarting a finned foe … it all combines into a day of great fun.

On Saturday and Sunday, Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day (when it’s legal to fish without a state license) and the Franklin County High School Quarterback Club combine to offer the Jonathan Acklen Catch-a-Fish Rodeo to raise money for a worthy cause and remember someone special to the community.

Organizers pick a random fish from all the qualifying fish for the grand prize. It’s been called America’s Largest Fishing Tournament and the grand prize is $10,000. Other prizes include an 18×33 above ground pool, a pontoon boat or a new heat pump.

The event started in 1991 to honor the 17-year-old Rebel football player. Proceeds fund an annual scholarship for a FCHS and Huntland High School senior football player.

It takes place at the Winchester City Park. For more information, call (931) 691-2003.•

If you go >> Take Highway 50 from Lynchburg into Winchester then turn right onto Highway 130 (Old Tullahoma Highway/ Phil Fulmer Parkway).

{EDITOR’S NOTE: There are not-for-profit childrens’ Free Fishing events happening across Tennessee on June 9. To access a complete list, go to}