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Youth perfect throwing skills during annual Cast Net Rodeo

By Staff | Nov 18, 2015

PHOTO BY MEGHAN McCOY

The 22nd Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo attracted almost 40 youths under the age of 16, Saturday, Nov. 7, in the field behind the Bait Box on Periwinkle Way.

Bait Box manager and Cast Net organizer Ron Taverna said the rodeo is held because of Bait Box owner Ralph Woodring. He said Esperanza Woodring, who made a living doing cast net fishing, was one of the first commercial fishermen in the area.

“In order to keep the history and that aspect of life alive . . . in her honor we have the rodeo every year hopefully to encourage younger kids to get into that kind of style of life, instead of sitting in front of the television screen all the time,” Taverna said.

Before the Cast Net Rodeo began, the youngsters had the opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction on how to perfect the skill of throwing a cast net.

Once the rodeo began, the attendees wore a cowboy hat, before nodding for the fish, yellow and red tennis balls, to come roaring down a shoot. The youth had to release the cast net catching as many tennis balls as they could.

All of the participants received a goodie bag, which included a cast net and tackle bag. The first, second and third place winners received a rod and reel combo.