“I volunteer for many events, help in schools, and coaching in Winters. None are as rewarding as seeing the smile on the kids that get to attend the C.A.S.T. event.” – Boat Captain, Lake Berryessa
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 LocationLake Berryessa
Napa, California (map)
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2016 Event Recap by Victoria Payan:
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, 21 children and their families were able to participate in the C.A.S.T. for Kids event. Guided by expert anglers from local bass clubs, they spent a day of fishing along the lakeshore and on boats out on the lake. Quite a few of them caught at least one fish, with one group pulling in 9 bass! After they were done fishing, the children, families, and volunteers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and displays and games from local agencies, such as Cal Fire and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
2015 Event Recap:
On September 12, 2015, our 7th annual C.A.S.T. for Kid’s event took place bringing many smiles to the faces of the children attending. We were blessed with a day of cloud cover and slightly cooler temperatures. The day before the event saw a high of 107 degrees so low 90’s were a welcome relief.
After a quick breakfast and a few words of safety, the children and boaters were sent off in search of fish and boating fun. The recent drought that has affected California had brought the water levels down to where the people at Paradise Cove Marina had installed a temporary ramp which made launching and loading the boats so much easier. Many Thanks to them for facilitating us.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass seemed to be the fish that most of the children caught while out on the water for the morning. The fishing was decent and it appears most boats caught at least a few fish. A three pounder was the largest reported.
After a delicious lunch all of the children were awarded plaques with a group photo to remember the day of fun. A day of fun was had by all, and talk of attending next year’s event was heard from the children as they walked away at the end of the day. We often say that if the children have half the fun that the volunteers and boaters have just providing this opportunity for them, it has been a success! There is nothing quite so rewarding as doing something so special and impactful for others less fortunate.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation, Fairfield Suisun Bass Reapers, Folsom Bass Team, Western Bass, Cal Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Napa County Sheriff’s Department, Airman & Family Readiness Center,Berryessa Boat and Jet Ski Rentals, Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Monticello Ski Club, Zebco, Plano Tackle Systems
Yolo Foster Care, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern California, Foster Care of Solano County, C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Autism Speaks, Napa and Solano County Schools Special Education Departments, Special Olympics, Progress Ranch treatment facility, COPE family center, and other family support groups.