|Updated: 6/09/2012 5:58 pm
||Published: 6/09/2012 5:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, AR - Right now, you can fish for free without a permit across the state. It's Arkansas' free fishing weekend. Saturday, in Jacksonville, dozens of children got to experience the joy of fishing and some even walked away with prizes.
"We love being together as a family, and fishing is one of our favorite things to do," says mother Shelby Moody.
Saturday, at Dupree Park Lake in Jacksonville, the Moody family set out to catch some fish. Logan, 5, and his little sister Emily, 3, set their bait and patiently waited. It didn't take long for a catfish to take Emily's bait.
A lot of families got to the park early to have a shot at winning a prize.
"So far, they haven't gotten anything at all, but she's trying to have a good time because she loves fishing," said another mother.
The fishing derby, in its 15th year, allows anyone 15 and under to compete in conjunction with the state's free fishing weekend.
"You gotta be patient when you fish. It's not just something you can cast your line out there and get a bite within a minute. It may take a few minutes before that happens," says organizer Dana Rozenski.
Some young anglers found success early on, while Logan and Emily took a snack break before getting back to trying to catch more catfish.
Free fishing continues across the state Sunday. You don't need a license or a permit, but you must follow daily limits, slot limits and length limits while you fish.