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Free fishing tournament for kids this weekend

PAINTSVILLE – Hundreds of children are expected this weekend for Casting With Kids tournament, the finale for the Casting For Kids fishing tournament series held at Yatesville and Paintsville Lakes.

A record was set at the Paintsville and Yatesville Lakes tournament, with 38+ pounds caught by the winning team, and all proceeds from the tournament going to the Shriners Childrens’ Hospital.

Chris Ferguson, the tournament director for Casting For Kids ( told Mortimer Media Group that the Casting With Kids tournament, slated for this weekend, June 3, at Paintsville Lake, is where everyone gets rewarded.

“That’s free fishing weekend by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and we’re expecting around 700 kids to come and we’re going to have to plan for parking, shuttling people in here, we’ll have the helicopter here, again, firetrucks, construction equipment and water slides,” Ferguson said. “Everything you touch that day is free and we’re telling kids all they got to bring is a smile.”

This will be the third-annual of the kids’ tournament, but Ferguson they will also be holding a kayak launch, at 6:30 on Saturday morning running through 1 p.m., with kids ages 13 to 18 eligible to participate and the first-place prize set at $1,000. The kayak tournament will be called the Kylie Clark Kayak Tournament, on behalf of Barry Clark’s daughter, that unfortunately passed away earlier this year. A pre-tournament meeting for the kayak event will be held Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Paintsville Lake at the Casting For Kids tournament trailer. Participants are asked to bring their kayak, measuring board, and cell phone for a photo of the catch. The kayak tournament will go by total measured inches, along with photo, and will be artificial baits only.

The kids’ tournament will have signups from 8 to 10 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, with children ages 4 through 12 eligible to compete. It will be along the shorelines with live bait (some provided, but recommended to bring some of your own to make sure you have enough, Ferguson said.

Earlier this week Casting For Kids announced online that PAW Patrol’s Skye and Marshall will be at Paintsville Lake Saturday morning 9 a.m. to meet and greet all the kids, along with professional angler Charlie Evans !!

People can register online for the free event at, as well as on the day of the event.

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