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Junior anglers compete for prizes in Derby

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A young angler pulls her catch from the water at last year’s Fishing Derby at International Park.

Special photo A young angler pulls her catch from the water at last year’s Fishing Derby at International Park.

More than 200 kids 13 and under from Clayton County and nearby are expected to land a whopper — or at least drown a few worms — at the annual Fishing Derby on Saturday morning at International Park in Jonesboro.

There’s no entry fee, and prizes, including rods, tackle boxes and other fishing equipment donated by Walmart, will be given to winners in each of four age categories. A special prize will be given to the first angler to catch an albino catfish, says Troy Stubbs, deputy International Park administrator and event organizer.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. The derby will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon, with prizes presented afterward.

The first 100 registrants will receive free International Park beach tickets, and the first 200 will receive T-shirts.

A limited number of fishing poles will be available for those who arrive early, but young anglers are encouraged to bring their own gear, Stubbs said.

— Jim Massara