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Event gets kids excited about fishing

Bryson Hickman shows off his first fish catch. (WCYB/Caleb Perhne)

Bass Pro Shops in Bristol drew a crowd this weekend. General Manager Jeff Hall said about 80 kids came Saturday. When 9-year-old Bryson Hickman found out about Bass Pro’s family fishing day, he was excited.

"The minute I saw the poster, I was like 'We have to do it! Mom, the poster, let's go!'" he said.

Bryson's mother, Kimberly, says he was so excited, they waited for hours to be first in line.

"We've been fishing, just never really caught the fish,” she said. “So he's ready to actually catch one."

Bryson did catch that first fish.

Bass Pro staff helped kids like Bryson learn how, providing rods and reels and instruction.

The pond in front of the store was stocked full for this weekend's event, and families could join their kids in the discovery.

Hall said, "It's helping them connect to nature and find some different things to do with the video world that's going on out there today and all the electronics.”

Hickman agrees with that goal. She says Bryson loves nature when she can get him out in it.

"He can stay inside all day long and lose a pretty day because he's playing video games,” she said.

The family fishing day also included crafts for the kids and educational seminars.

"Once you catch it, you're just so relieved,” Bryson said. “You just want to keep it."

He said he wants to fish even more.

Bass Pro Shops is hosting another family fishing event next weekend from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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