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“Our son loves the boat rides! I love watching him smile and flap his hands and sometimes he squeals with excitement! I love watching him around other people with disabilities… Sometimes families can feel so alone but not on C.A.S.T. for Kids day! We are surrounded by other families like ours and that is a breath of fresh air!” – Parent, Tenn-Tom Waterway, MS
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 LocationBay Springs Lake
Dennis, Mississippi (map)
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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:
The 13th Annual Tenn-Tom CAST for Kids Event has held at Old Bridge Beach, on Bay Springs Lake. We had 42 participants registered for the event. The area received a lot of rainfall the week before the event, which caused the lake level to rise. Six days before the event, the water was covering the parking lot at the event site and predicted to rise another foot. Luckily, the water began to recede just in time for us to have the event as scheduled.
The event got off to a chilly start, with morning lows being in the high 30’s. Once the sun got up, it began to warm up very quickly. The participants and their families began signing in about 8:30 AM. Then they made their way down to the fishing area. We had a brief welcome and safety talk, by one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers. Then everyone started fishing. The fishing started of a little slow, but several kids managed to figure them out. Several kids caught their first fish, including Pete. When Pete caught his fish, he was VERY EXCITED! He ran up and down the dock giving everyone a high five and saying “I caught one! I caught one!” All the families also got to go on a boat ride. We had two pontoons, two bass boats and a ski boat there to give everyone a tour of the lake. The boat rides are always a big hit.
We also had several other activities to keep the kids entertained. Mr. Jack Jones was there making balloon animals and doing magic tricks. Everyone LOVED him and his balloon animals. Mr. Jones is a regular at our event and he is always great with the kids. This year, he received the “Volunteer of the Year Award” for his hard work and dedication to our event. We also had a couple Conservation Biologists from the MS Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks on hand to talk about wildlife. They had several live animals, including turtles, a snake and an alligator for everyone to see.
At lunch time, everyone made their way to the pavilion where they had Subway sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs and snacks. Mike Carter was playing live music for everyone to enjoy while ate lunch. After lunch, we recognized several special sponsors and volunteers, such as, MS Dept of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Caring Hands Rehab, Wal-Mart of Fulton, our boat captains and Mr. Jack Jones. Then we handed out the plaques and door prizes. It was a very special day for everyone and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Caring Hands Rehab, Bay Springs Marina, Lonnie’s Sporting Goods, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, LIFE, Subway of Belmont, Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Community Spirit Bank, S and H Outdoors, Cadamy Contracting LLC., Belmont Bass Anglers, Hammer Fishing Rods, Clay’s Bait and Tackle, Fishers Family Restaurant, Dr. Robert Yarber, Lisa A. Koon Attorney, W. H. Fairless Hardware, Credille-Brock Insurance Agency Inc., Senter Funeral Home, Dossett Big 4 Inc., Davis Ford Sales Inc., Tony’s Accoustical, North MS Private Land management, The Fish Market, Crow’s Sporting Goods, Tishimingo Grain, Refreshments of Tupelo, Allen Jones, Big Star of Belmont, Lew’s Cadence, Flambeau