☷Military children celebrated at Fishing Derby
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Fort Jackson community members cast off at Heise Pond on post during the Youth Fishing Derby April 23 . ( Photo by Christopher Helie ) Fort Jackson youth ' s show off their catch during the 2022 Youth Fishing Derby at Heise Pond on post April 23 . ( Photo by Christopher Helie ) More than 400 children attended the annual Fishing Derby held in celebration of Month of the Military Child . The Directorate of Family and Morale , Welfare and Recreation hosted the event at Heise Pond April 23 . “The weather was great , ” said Christopher Helie , recreation specialist . “We had 400 to 450 kids and family members present . ” The ponds were overstocked with catfish the day before the event . Fish were tracked by staff and volunteers to ensure the pond was able to sustain its ecosystem after the event was complete . Children were able to catch or release their fish and prizes were awarded to those with the catches of the day . “The biggest fish weighed in at 3 . 96 pounds with second place being 3 . 88 pounds , ” Helie said . “The biggest five fish weigh in was 11 . 39 pounds and second place was 11 . 04 pounds . ” Children and parents alike were also treated to a variety of drinks and snacks from food trucks , bounce houses , party games and a mobile ax throwing venue . At the conclusion of the event , the ponds were opened to all Department of Defense ID card holders to continue to reduce the overstocked fish numbers . Helie explained the event was a success .
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