“My participant expressed his day on the water as PERFECT!” – Boat Captain, Potholes Reservoir, WA
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!
Press Release (2016 event) by the Columbia Basin Herald
Event LocationPotholes Reservoir
Ephrata, Washington (map)
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2016 Event Recap:
The annual C.A.S.T. for Kids Potholes Reservoir event, held on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 was a perfect day to have a special fishing event! Participants went on the water to try their hands at “catching the big one”. There were also boat captains, who were equally as excited to have “mates aboard”, as well as the many volunteers who had looked forward to this annual event. Most memorable were the great big smiles as each participant showed off their “catch of the day,” regardless of the size or even type of fish. Some of the participants simply took pictures and released the fish back into the water. This year, Bureau of Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs, Dionne E. Thompson from Washington D.C., participated and joined in on the excitement. Ms. Thompson interacted with all — participants, volunteers, and captains – not missing the opportunity to be a ‘stellar’ volunteer. One participant was asked if she caught any fish, and she said “no”. She was then asked if she had fun, with a big smile on her face, she said “yes”! The answer was priceless. When we all gathered to take our group photo, the participants, volunteers, and captains raised their arms in jubilation for the great day of fishing. With arms raised and shouts of jubilation, everyone agreed that this type of photo conveyed the ultimate fun and excitement experienced and from now on, will be a tradition of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Potholes Reservoir Event!
by BOR Coordinator, Jaurette Jackson:
Early on Saturday morning, August 1st, Potholes State Park began to fill with boats, captains, co-captains, and volunteers for the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation event in which participants come to share in the highlight of the day….Fishing!
Captains from the Potholes Bass and Columbia Basin Walleye clubs, as well as volunteers from the military, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), BOR family members, and C.A.S.T. staff were busy from the moment they arrived. They were filled with excitement and ready to share their knowledge and skills with the “anglers.”
Regretfully there were wildfires in surrounding areas that made the air quality poor and visibility often difficult. However, the participants knew this event was going to be something special to remember.
When the young participants arrived there were hats, shirts, life vests, tackle boxes, and fishing poles all ready to go. Such a fishing event is meant to be fun and safe and volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMT’s, from the Royal Slope Fire District #12 ensured all safety procedures were adhered with smiles on their faces and a willingness to assist as needed.
This year’s participants ranged in age from 5 to 22 years of age. When the time had arrived to board the boats, participants with their parent/guardian posed for pictures as they loaded. More and more participants “climbed aboard” until all the boats, captains, participants, parents/guardians were holding poles over the side of the boats, waiting to catch the “big one.” As one captain put it, “they just love to ride on the boat, and spend time on the water,” and catching just one fish, or even catching the legal limit, is what makes the day even more special.
Two hours later the participants are “starving” after all their excitement, so a delicious barbeque with food donated by People for People, is served to everyone. The Columbia Basin Job Corps Culinary Arts students, led by Theresa Clement, Culinary Arts Instructor, served all the participants and volunteers with smiles and graciousness.
At the end of the event one of the boat captains exclaimed that he “wouldn’t miss this event and looks forward to participating in the event every year and to see his favorite angler”. You see, it is not just about the experience for the captains, volunteers, and young participants of fishing; it is about the relationships created and sometimes renewed, as well as having fun for the day on the reservoir. That is exactly what this C.A.S.T. event on August 1st at Potholes State Park is all about; fun, food, fishing, and relationships.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
U.S. Bureau Of Reclamation, Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Washington State Parks, Columbia Basin Job Corps, Mar-Don Resort, Coulee Playland Resort, Sporty’s Steakhouse, Boy Scouts of America, Zebco, Plano