“Staff & all volunteers were absolutely amazing! My son left that day with lots of great advise from the Boat Captain and the experience he had absolutely make a difference on my child to learn how to fish better & also to take care of nature.”- Parent of Participant, Pyramid Lake
” Watching the joy of the kids when they caught a fish or they got to drive the boat (slow) ” – Boat Captain, Pyramid Lake
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 7 – 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!
The CAST for Kids Foundation will be holding all 2020 events in compliance with CDC, National, State and local guidelines for Covid-19. We will be following these guidelines for the safety, health and well-being of our participants, families, volunteers and staff. If we can hold an event according to state guidelines, as states phase in their re-opening, we will. However, our events may look different than they have in the past. Lunch and awards may be broken into separate groups to enhance social distancing. At a minimum, we will be implementing 6’ social distancing guidelines and the use of protective measures like masks and hand sanitizers. We are confident we have figured out how to provide a safe, relaxing, fun environment for everyone to enjoy at CAST for Kids events in 2020! However, it will be impossible to guarantee the safety of all CAST participants and volunteers. Please consider each of your individual risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic when making your decision to attend any CAST event.
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Thanks To Our Event Sponsors
Santana’s Pumping and Plumbing, ISCO Rentals, Santa Clarita Valley Water, California Department of Water Resources, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Rocky Mountain Recreation, Flambeau, Cadence Fishing, Lews Copes Tackle and Rod Shop, Lancaster Lodge 437, Adam’s Metallizing and Grinding, Pyramid Lake Staff
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2018 Event Recap
First-Ever C.A.S.T. Event at Pyramid Lake a Happy Success!
The first-ever Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) event came to Pyramid Lake on Saturday morning, Aug 25, 2018. It was a perfect weather day, with a pre-dawn temperature of 57 degrees greeting the volunteer fishermen and the initial set-up crews. The lake’s surface was calm and the temperature quickly climbed when the morning sun burst over the mountains. The air temperature reached a mild 86 degrees shortly after noon, and stayed there until the program concluded. A few feather-like cirrus clouds kept the otherwise blue sky aesthetically interesting. Occasional, light on-shore breezes developed around lunch time, which were welcomed by all. Conditions could not have been better for an August day.
There was a relaxed, comfortable feel to the event, even though this was the inaugural program to be held at Pyramid Lake. The mostly veteran officials and crews set things up efficiently and kept the program moving along at a real nice pace. Although only seven vessels and captains were on hand, the 27 kids all had a fun day outdoors trying to catch fish, either on one of the boats or on the lake’s picturesque shore. The shoreline is ruggedly attractive with nicely curved, pebble-strewn beaches and alcoves, some with shade-providing sycamore and cottonwood trees. The craggy, steep-sided mountains ringing the lake afforded impressive vistas, and the occasional sets of small 2-inch waves lapping pleasantly on the shore added a soundtrack that helped make the day quite special for the kids. And while the kids on the boats seemed to have no trouble catching fish, the shore-based anglers were not as lucky. Nonetheless, all the kids appeared to be totally happy and everyone at the event seemed to have a truly fun time of it, fish caught or not.
As usual, the lunch volunteers provided tasty and ample hot dogs and hamburgers, with all sorts of fixings and drinks. Numerous pop-up shade shelters ensured everyone stayed comfortable at the banquet tables, including a couple of Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies, who docked their boat at the dock and joined in the fun. The awards presentation was perfectly conducted, as was the very fun “chance drawing” that included all kinds of prizes. The sound system worked well, and it was great to see the kids pop up and run over to claim their prizes!
Yes, indeed, it was an excellent maiden voyage for the 2018 Pyramid C.A.S.T. event, and by the talk heard from those who know, it looks likely that there will be many more yet to come!