Young Angler Shatters Shad Record In Grifton

An 11-year-old Pitt County girl has caught the first shad in her division in the annual Grifton Shad Festival Hickory Shad fishing contest for the seventh consecutive year.

That has never happened before, in any age division, in the contest's 39-year history.

The angler is Jenna Barrow of Winterville. She takes part in the female youth division of the annual contest. Jenna caught her shad this week.
It weighed 11 ounces and measured 13 inches. That's four and a half ounces and two and a half inches shorter than her winning fish last year.

Jenna was fishing with her dad in Contentnea Creek for about 20 minutes when she snagged the shad.

Both the male adult and female adult division of the contest now have entries.

Linda Williams caught her shad Tuesday. It weighed in at 14 ½ ounces and was 14 ½ inches long.

Her picture is below. To learn more about the contest and the festival, click on the related link below.


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  • by Deebo on Feb 13, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Why is this news? It doen's take a genius to catch a fish.
  • by Cynthia Humphrey Location: Holly Springs, NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    Way to go Sweetie! We love you. Meredith, Aunt Cynthia and Uncle Daron
  • by Suzanne Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Way to go Jenna!
  • by Dana Brown Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    GREAT JOB POOKIE!! Not only is she good at fishing, but she is a very good girl! We love you and are proud of you. Love, Aunt Dana and Uncle Mark
  • by Alan Location: ECU on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    Great Job Jenna, it looks like you bet again this year too.
  • by Guess Who? Location: Guess Where? on Feb 12, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    "Pa, I caught me a big un."
  • by Janet Haseley Location: Grifton on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Thanks for posting the link to our Grifton Shad Festival information! The festival really has "something for everyone". Most events are free and outdoors and all are family oriented fun. It's lots more than fish and fishing. Half of the 40 events are arts-related such as clogging, craft show, traditional Mexican dancing, art show, band concerts and of course the parade. This year the Shad Toss will be near the boat landing and a new Pet Show will be there too. Free crafts for kids and a kiddie "fishing pool" are features near the pony rides and petting zoo. Check the schedule on our website.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 11, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    Way to go Jenna. Good for you.
  • by me Location: nnc on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Good job Jenna!...
  • by George Location: Bath on Feb 11, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    "female fisher person"...? Don't you think "correctness" has gone too far? Must have been a democrat writing that story.
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