“Reminded me of how the little things in life are important. Giving back to your local community in any way is always rewarding, but hands on is the most impactful. Sharing my favorite escape from reality with someone who doesn’t have the opportunity to experience the same thing was something I’ll never forget.” –Boat Captain, Charlotte Harbor
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
Event LocationCharlotte Harbor
Punta Gorda, Florida (map)
Learn more from Coordinator Alycia’s blog, TIDES + TALES
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Our C.A.S.T. for Kids events are include lots of fun and celebration! You can expect 2-3 hours of fishing, a delicious lunch and an awards celebration where your child will receive a personalized plaque. This is a day of fishing your child will never forget!
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2017 Event Recap
We couldn’t have planned for more perfect weather that day; the wind was light, the water was smooth and the sun was shining. It was a beautiful, Fall day in Florida, perfect conditions for getting out and catching some fish.
The mission of C.A.S.T. for Kids is to provide disabled, sick or disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a quality recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
After seeing the pictures of the day each child had, I would say that mission was carried out successfully. Almost every child got to experience the thrill of reeling in a fish! They caught all kinds of species – redfish, snook, sea trout, mangrove snapper, catfish, sheepshead, and even a bonnethead shark!
Our young anglers were welcomed back to shore with a BBQ lunch, prepared and served by my family, and an exciting award ceremony.
Jeff Barnes kicked off the ceremony, calling each child and captain up to the mic to share about their day. Everyone applauded loudly for each child as their captain presented them with a plaque and they told of the many fish they caught, getting to go fast and even getting to steer the boat! The excitement throughout our little pavilion was unmistakable, every face smiling and even some happy tears.
To read more from our incredible coordinator, click here!
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Parr Moto Retail Solutions, Transpower Construction Services, Inc., Co-Op Financial Services, A+ Environmental Restoration, Mustad, Blackneck Adventures Charters, Barracuda Tackle, Downtown Bait & Tackle, Florida Fishing Products, Salt Strong, Rapid Graphix, Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor, Bone On Sportswear, Danco Pliers, Captains for Clean Water, West Wall Outfitters, Boca Coast, Coca-Cola, Cheney Brothers, Inc., Lew’s, Flambeau Outdoors
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