“They amaze me at times. I had a child that never had a rod and reel in his hand before. He was casting in the first 20 minutes AND enjoyed it more than any person I have ever seen cast.” – Shore Volunteer, Packery Channel, TX
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Not all locations are conducive to hosting boating events. This event gives participants the opportunity to fish from shore.
Event LocationPackery Channel
Corpus Christi, Texas (map)
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2017 Event Recap:
The children and their families began arriving at 9:00am and started fishing right away. We experienced a torrential rain down-pour around 10:00, for about 15 minutes, but this didn’t stop our young fishing buddies. They were immediately back at it cheering and yelling each time they caught a fish. Lunch was provided by Whataburger and Chick-fil-A. Through the generous donations of our local sponsors and the City, we were able to provide a drawing where each child won a prize. The event concluded at 1:00pm with cheers and applause from our participants, their families and all of our volunteers. The children not only walked away with a great memory, they left with a t-shirt, hat, fishing pole, tackle box, bait bucket, a goodie bag and a plaque with their picture on it to remember their fishing experience.
2016 Event Recap:
Recently, the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department’s Beach Operations partnered with the organization C.A.S.T. “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids Foundation to provide fun in the sun for special needs children. 48 children and 35 volunteers participated in the fishing adventure at Packery Channel. Kids were paired with an angling buddy and received their own rod and reel, a tackle box with supplies, and a t-shirt.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Corpus Christi Parks, HEB Grocery, The Grainger Foundation, Whataburger, Rabalaise Constructors, Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Assoc., Committee for persons with disabilities, BAAS support Services, Gulf Coast Graphics, Ace Hardware, B&T Rents, Cup Graphics, Navy/Army credit union, Bill Miller BBQ, IZone Imaging, Skid O Kan, Paulette Kluge, Red Dot Pier, Lew’s, Academy Sport + Outdoors, Flambeau