ALBEMARLE — With a year of fishing experience under his belt, 8-year-old Tyler Bristol of Clemmons reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a lifetime sportsman license courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.
Tyler was the grand prize winner in a random drawing among more than 2,200 participants who attended one of 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held statewide in May and June as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. He registered for the drawing at the June 7 Albemarle Parks Fish for Fun Day at City Park in Stanly County.
His lifetime sportsman license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, is valued at $450. It gives Tyler statewide fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast, as well as hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.
Tyler, who attended the kids’ fishing event with his grandparents Cheryl and David Bristol, of Albemarle, enjoys fishing and caught one at the annual event. He doesn’t have a favorite fish to catch, as long as it’s big, and he typically uses worms to catch them.
When he’s not fishing, Tyler likes hunting for turtles, taking care of his dog and pet turtle and playing with friends. He is also an avid BMX bike racer and has won many of the races he has entered. Tyler is a rising third grader at Clemmons Elementary School in Clemmons and is the son of Brian and Cynthia Bristol.
In addition to Tyler, another young angler, Riley Halstead of Pilot Mountain, won the first prize, a lifetime freshwater fishing license, which was donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. The $250 license gives Riley, 8, fishing privileges in all public inland waters in North Carolina, including designated mountain trout waters, trout waters on game lands and joint waters.
Although Riley and Tyler were the big prize winners in the National Fishing and Boating Week 2014 drawing, 322 other young anglers also won prizes — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing hand towels from the Wildlife Commission. Click here for a list of winners, as well as the prizes won. Names of winners are listed alphabetically by last name.
Since 2001, the Wildlife Commission, along with partners such as Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, and the U.S. Forest Service, has supported these free fishing events during National Fishing and Boating Week to promote fishing as a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.
For more information on fishing in North Carolina’s public, inland waters, visit the fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.