CAST for Kids hosts 40 families

CAST For Kids participant Erin Potter (right), and Jeff Barnes of the national CAST For Kids program look on as volunteer Jennifer Rawls (left), removes a catfish from the hook of her pole prior to releasing it. Erin’s was the first catfish caught at the inaugural event.

By all accounts, the inaugural CAST For Kids event at Reynolds Park Lake on May 15 was a smashing success.

“We had 40 families participating,” said event organizer Mindy Tritch. “The kids caught more than 100 fish. And we are definitely going to do it next year!”

She said all fish caught were immediately released back into the lake. “The biggest one was a catfish,” Tritch said.

The aim of the event was to give special needs children and their adults the opportunity to go fishing with an experienced fisherman. All who fished got to fish both from the lake shore and from a boat, for those who desired to do so.

Each of the 40 participants received a fishing pole, tackle box, a hat, a T-shirt, a plaque with the participant’s picture. Participants also received bait and a “goodie bag” with gift items.

According to its website, the aim of the CAST For Kids program is to bring together children with special needs (ages 6-18) and their caretakers with community volunteers for a fun day of fishing they may not otherwise experience. CAST stands for “Catch A Special Thrill.”

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