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Tightlines Fishing Club hosts Fishing Derby

Hundreds of kids took over the banks at Four Lakes in Pecatonica Saturday for a children’s fishing derby.
Published: Jun. 26, 2021 at 10:08 PM CDT
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PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) - One Rockford fishing club on Facebook is trying to reel in some new members. The bait? Some free fishing poles!

Shannon Strong founded The Rockford Fishing Tightlines Club. Hundreds of kids took over the banks at Four Lakes in Pecatonica Saturday for a children’s fishing derby.

Strong said the event has been in the works for more than a year. His hope is to lure more kids who enjoy fishing into the club. The group gave away fishing poles, prizes and t-shirts.

“I think it’s exceeded my goal. It’s about getting them out, and we’re giving all the kids medals. We’re giving all the kids poles, so the kids all feel the same. We don’t want anybody feeling that somebody else is getting more than the other,” Strong said.

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