BRADENTON -- Children tested their skills as fishermen Saturday morning as part of an annual DeSoto event.
The DeSoto Fishing Tournament Pee Wee Division was held at Tarpon Pointe, 215 Eighth St. E., Bradenton.
The second annual Pee Wee Tournament featured 50 kids ages 5-12 all trying to reel in the biggest fish.
Emma Kotter, 8, was having fun alongside her family as she caught an 8-inch-long fish.
"It's a rockfish, that's what they called it," Kotter said.
Kotter was accompanied by her twin brother, Jack, and sister Grace, 5, along with their parents, Steve and Christa Kotter.
Some weren't having as much luck, but still enjoying the day.
"Everyone around us has caught something except us, so we are here still trying," Ashley Taylor said.
Taylor was accompanying her son, Micah Brannock, in his quest to reel in the big one.
Brannock, an avid angler, usually enjoys fishing in the river alongside his grandfather on the old Green Bridge fishing pier.
The fish weren't biting as much as last year, but the children seemed to be having a good time, according to Chairman Dennis Romano.
In first place with a 10 1/2-inch fish was Breon (Bubby) Brannic. Coming in second with a nine-and-half-inch fish was Ally Ryherd. Jacob Clark, with a nine-inch fish, was third. All three children received a trophy.
All the children who participated received a bucket full of goodies and a medal following the event.
The tournament provided bait for the children and all the fishing was catch-and-release.
Five-year-old Marshall Robinson was having fun and also caught a fish.
"He jumped every time the fish squirmed when they were trying to take his picture with the fish," Marshall's mom, Courtney Robinson, said.
The little fisherman's favorite part was picking out the bait.
"I like the big ones," Marshall Robinson said.
The event was part of the 17th annual DeSoto fishing tournament that will conclude Sunday. Weigh-ins will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by an awards celebration.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.