ROGERSVILLE — The Amis Mill Fishorama Saturday near Rogersville wasn't a competition, but if it had been the winner likely would have been 4 1/2 year old Cannan Oaks who had caught five whopper catfish within the first 90 minutes.
“You’ve got to be four and a half years old to catch fish like this,” Cannan exclaimed.
The fourth annual Fishorama on was held on Big Creek at the Amis Mill Dam, and was hosted by the Amis Mill Eatery.
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Officer Cody Young said the TWRA dumped about 400 pounds of catfish into Big Creek in preparation for the event, including 300 pounds above the dam and about 100 pounds below the dam.
For most of them, their stay in Big Creek was short lived.
“There’s a lot of catfish being caught, some trout, some bluegill — quite a few kids have got big stringers of catfish,” Young said. “Very good eatin’ size.”
Young added, “It’s a good event to get the kids out and get them introduced to the outdoors and fishing. It gives the kids a good opportunity to get out and fish if they’ve never fished before. We provide with fishing pole, rods and reels, bait, water, so (families) can come out and have a good day and they don’t really have to spend any money.”
The event started at 10 a.m., and by 11:30 a.m an excited Cannan Oaks was reeling in his fifth catfish, which he described as “a giant one.”
He told his papaw to put it on the stringer, “and catch another one.”