“I had a 12 year old girl that had never fished before, she caught 18 fish and I feel she is hooked on fishing for life! ” – Boat Captain, Navajo Lake, NM
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 LocationNavajo Lake
Farmington, New Mexico (map)
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Read About Past Events
2016 Event Report:
Event Article by Pat Page, Bureau of Reclamation, includes a few photos.
2015 Event Report:
The C.A.S.T. event took place at Navajo Lake on May 9, 2015. When we arrived on the boat ramp the skies were dark. The sun wanted to shine, but as we began to set tables up that dark sky let loose. Rain, lots of rain the marina quickly looked at the radar and confirmed our worst fear the worst was yet to come. Plan “B” went into effect, would anyone show up? And if they did what would we do? These were the questions from everyone. The dedicated group of volunteers that believe in this program so strongly knew they could make this work. Registration was moved to the very small visitor center at the entrance of the park as the rain was joined by the hail. Without a foot to spare everyone crammed in the visitor center and set up for registration. About that time in walked; yes, a participant. Cheers roared as volunteers clapped for that first arrival. It was not much longer and a second showed up. We cleared a small space for pictures with boat captains and Lenny the Lizard. Walmart volunteers handed out a snack sack to each participant along with the JROTC making sure the rods were rigged up and ready to fish as the participants left the building. By this time the rains had slowed down but going out on the boats was looking like it was not going to happen as reports were coming in that the water was too rough. The owner of the Pine Marina had made some wonderful improvements to his marina the past year and was excited to let the participant’s fish off of the marina. Some boat captains took their participants to boats docked in the slips and others gathered around a perfect hole to FISH. The rain seemed to know it was time to stop and let them enjoy the fishing. Yes they were fishing and not only fishing they were catching, yes catching lots of fish. The boat captains were excited, the families that braved the weather to bring the participants were happy and most of all the participants had the biggest smiles I have ever seen out of a group.
The fire department put their fire boat in the water and put on a show for group spraying water high in the air. Then the weather allowed them to give the participants a short ride. What a treat for them all to ride on the fire boat and see the sheriff boat. As the Sheriff’s helicopter flew overhead singling that it was about time for lunch, the rain began to fall again as everyone made their way to the picnic area where Halliburton had been able to set up and prepare lunch in between the rain and was ready for everyone to get something warm in them to eat. Once again the rain knew we needed a break to give out the awards and say some huge thank yous to those who withstood the weather and pulled this amazing day off for all these participants. It was starting to get really cold by now so time to go home. As the participants watched the San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter take off, they gathered their tokens from the day and took their happy memories that I am sure they will remember for a very long time and headed home to warm up.
We hope to see them all next year on mother’s day weekend at Navajo Lake.
This report/story is presented in memory of Happy Harry (Harry Burns – May 29, 2015) from Walmart – His love for these kids and the smiles he shared with them on that day will always be remembered.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation, Halliburton, Four Corners Bassmasters, Energen Resources, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, San Juan County Fire Department, New Mexico State Police, San Juan Regional Medical Center AirCare, San Juan Regional Medical Center Paramedics, SFW Sportsmen of New Mexico, Abe’s Motel & Fly Shop, King Consulting, LLC, Larmel Construction, Inc., Ram Studio Signs, Black Hawk Energy Services, Ice Cube Enterprises, Navajo Lake Marina, Piedra Vista JROTC, Sims Mesa Marina, Walmart, Lews Rod and Reels, Flambeau, San Juan Marine, PNM, Walmart, Three Rivers Trucking,
Navajo Missions, Boys and Girls Clubs, Aztec schools