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Public invited to get ‘Hooked on Fishing’ – Registration is free

NEDERLAND — The Nederland Rotary Club is hosting the 19th Annual “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” Saturday at Doornbos Park in Nederland.

“We are hoping for good weather and a big crowd,” event chairwoman Debbie Spittler said.

This event is open to area youth up to age 14. Registration is free and begins at 8:30 a.m.

Fishing is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Those interested may preregister at Doornbos Park Recreation Center.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will stock the pond with more than 500 rainbow trout for the event.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories: ages 4 and under, ages 5 and 6, ages 7 thru 10 and ages 11 thru 14.

Some of the prizes include rods and reels, bicycles, gift cards and skateboards.

You must be present to win.

Participants line Doornbos Park to participate in “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.” (Mary Meaux/The News)

Prizes are provided by BASF and Walmart.

The Nederland Police Department will be on hand with various displays and demonstrations, and the Nederland Fire Department will have fire trucks on display.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a fly-by and landing the department helicopter on site for the children to view.

This year’s sponsors include BASF, Walmart and Bob’s Handyman.

Fishing will be open to the public starting at noon Saturday.

For more information, call Spittler at 409-727-2014.