grassy pond fishing rodeo

On Saturday, September 22, the Moody Air Force Support Squadron teamed up with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority to host its annual Fishing Rodeo at Grassy Pond in Lake Park, GA. Over 50 youth registered for the event at Grassy Pond, on base, and through the VLPRA website. Youth, parents and volunteers enjoyed a fun morning of fishing both from the banks and from boats. Extra poles and rod/reels were available for youth needing to use them. Trophies and prize packs were awarded in each age group for the most fish and the biggest fish caught. Half way through the event, over 28 fish had already been caught!

Breakfast was donated by Chick-Fil-A and free bait was available while supplies lasted. The Bass Masters Association helped with the weighing of the fish once they were caught. Volunteers from Moody AFB and the community were available to help younger ones during the fishing rodeo. Family and friends of all ages were seen out in boats and fishing from one of the many docks available.

The winners in each category were:
Ages 5-9: Bank Fishing Category
Biggest Fish Caught: 1.8oz – Milania Owens (age 7)
Most fish Caught: 6 – Milania Owens (age 7)

Ages 10-14: Bank Fishing Category
Biggest Fish Caught: 1.6oz – Lilly Cleary (age 14)
Most Fish Caught: 4 – Justin Blake Hasty (age 11)

Ages 10-14: Boat Fishing Category
Biggest Fish Caught: 3.1oz Peyton Luig (age 13)
Most Fish Caught: 5 – Ben Ogletree (age 13)

Ages 15-18: Boat Fishing Category
Biggest Fish Caught: 2.0 oz – Malike Lane (17)
Most Fish Caught: 4 – Malike Lane (17)

fishing rodeo grassy pondThe Fishing Rodeo is held every September as a partnership between Grassy Pond and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority.

Carolyn Kent, Grassy Pond Manager stated, “Grassy Pond was excited to host this year’s annual Fishing Rodeo in collaboration with Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority. We had over 50 participants ranging from ages 5-17 years old. I know they all enjoyed the experience.”

Grassy Pond is a great place to connect with family and friends through fishing. The facility, nestled on over 500 acres of beautiful scenery, has a fully stocked pond, boat ramps, boat rentals, seasonal kiddie pool, cabin rentals, volleyball court, playgrounds, basketball, pavilions and more. Grassy Pond has poles and rods/reels available for rent, fishing supplies, and bait. Jon boats, pontoon boats, bass boats, and pedal boats are also available for rental. Ages 16 and older are required to have a Georgia Fishing License, which can be purchased on site.

For more information on Grassy Pond, please call them at 229-559-5840 or visit More information about the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority can be found at or by contacting Ms. Rachel Salyards, Program Coordinator at 229-259-3507.

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Kadence Bennett
Kadence is a young Cook County teenager who loves her smart watch, smart phone, iPad and all other forms of digital media overload. Some of her accomplishments include making the middle and high school cheer teams, the golf team, maintaining Honor Roll status every semester in school, and winning the school's writing fair two years in a row. Kadence will begin Cook County High School in the fall of 2018, and also will attend Georgia Military College as a dual-enrolled student. She enjoys service projects and loves to volunteer in her local community. Helping people has always been her passion. Kadence has set her goal to become a pediatric surgeon, after studying at Harvard Medical School.


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