North East Texas Anglers holds ‘Kids Free’ fishing tournament at Pat Mayse Lake

A free fishing tournament for kids 16 and under was held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday (May 10) at Pat Mayse Lake. Registration began about 6 a.m. today at “C” Loop Sanders Cove.

“The event has grown to well over 300 kids each year. We provide trophies, plaques for all age groups in both boys and girls,” said Chris Vickers of Paris, who fishes with the sponsoring organization, the North East Texas Anglers. Plaques were awarded for each age group, both boys and girls, and each entrant received a free Zebco rod and reel.

“This is our 10th year in doing this event,” Vickers added. 

Wade Evans, youth director for the North East Texas Anglers, started the event “with just an idea to get the kids involved in the outdoors,” Vickers said.

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.