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KIDS PLUS FISHING EQUAL SNAPSHOT SMILES
Statistics tell the story of the 2002 Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derbies

December 26, 202 - KETCHUM, Okla. Who ever said that statistics were dry didn't know about the world's largest kids fishing program, the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derbies. Godon Holland shares the 2002 stats from the ponds of play for 250,000 young anglers ages 5 to 16 participating in the over 1,500 individual events held nationwide.

5,392,800 Worms used. For the sixteenth year in a row, worms beat minnows 4 to 1 as the kids' favorite bait. Placed end to end along Interstate 45, the worms would stretch all the way from Dallas to Houston, 250 miles.

25,534 Miles of monofilament fishing line used by the young anglers. That's enough to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles. Nine times.Thousands Fish caught, including bluegills, catfish and bass. Tugs on the line? Whose counting?

1,111,854 More than a million hot dogs were consumed (and washed down with 56,175 gallons of soda) by hungry kids and adults. The unsung heroes of the derbies are the parents and adult volunteers who organize and manage the half-day events, according to Gordon Holland, whose Hooked on Fishing International produces the popular fishing derbies.

937,500 Snapshots taken. Priceless.

Holland estimates that all the records will be broken in 2003 and his
organization is already seeking out more adult volunteer organizations and agencies to put on new events. The organization enjoys support from state fish and game departments, parks and recreation departments, chambers of commerce, YMCAs, fishing clubs, scouting groups, and civic and service clubs. Local and regional chapters and other groups can sign up for the
2003 derby program at the Hooked On Fishing web site, www.kids-fishing.com

Sponsors, in addition to Wal-Mart in 2002 were Bar-S Foods Co., Berkley
PowerBait, Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum, Eagle Claw, EverStart Batteries,
FishingWorld.com, Fujifilm U.S.A., Kellogg's, Laker Fishing Tackle Co.,
Strike King Lure Co., Berkley Trilene and Zebco.

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