Our Catch A Special Thrill (CAST) for Kids fishing event was an outstanding success! We had 25 or was that 26 kids and 14 or was it 15 boats....? Whew! Anyway, we got them all on the lake with experienced fishermen and fed them hamburgers and hotdogs when they returned. Smokey Bear showed up and NM Game & Fish Biologist Casey Hawthorne entertained as well as educated them. Thanks to outstanding community support and tireless efforts of volunteers, we have another event in the books (this was our 4th annual).
Marina Del Sur generously allowed us to have the event at the marina again this year. New Mexico State Parks spearheaded this event through Boating Officer Chris Bolen and his wife, Helen. Volunteers Steve Hayner, Bobby Hagar, Phil Mortensen and Craig Weisner (photographer) were integral in making everything run smoothly. Special thanks to the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers, Albuquerque Hawg Hunters and others who provided their boats, time and expertise. We know it made a difference in the lives of the kids and we are looking forward to next year’s event.
CAST for Kids is a one-day outdoor fishing event that provides disabled and disadvantaged children an opportunity to learn to fish. The CAST for Kids National Foundation event is intended to provide an introductory learning opportunity for kids who might not otherwise have a chance. Parents are also encouraged to be active learners, so they may provide additional fishing opportunities for their children. Participants received fishing gear, t-shirt, and cap at the event which they could keep for future fishing experiences. After the morning fishing session on the lake, participants enjoyed lunch and a trophy awards ceremony. This year’s event was coordinated by Elephant Butte Lake State Park and Bureau of Reclamation Elephant Butte Field division, and supported by the Albuquerque Bass Federation, Elephant Butte Bass Anglers, and many local businesses.