We had the opportunity to take part on CAST for kids. This is a great way to introduce kids to fishing. I had found out about the organization through the WDFW as they had sent out an email indicating this event was not cancelled due to the closure of Lake WA. For $10/kid, they receive a T-shirt, rod and reel combo, and instruction on how to catch a fish. The boat moorage area of Coulon Park became a net pen for a bunch of stocker trout. Volunteers helped bait hooks and netted and bagged caught fish.
The boys had a great time along with their older brothers (hyung).
The C.A.S.T. (Catch A Special Thrill) for Kids Event was designed to create an adaptive environment where children, ages 5-17, and adults could both benefit, sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
Participants are hosted at a local lake, or body of water, supplied with a fishing rod & reel, t-shirt, hat, and tackle box, partnered with an experienced volunteer angler and escorted onto a boat where, with the supervision of a parent or guardian, they are shown proper fishing techniques and receive natural resources education. Participants and volunteers all then return from their morning fishing excursion to a BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony.
Goals of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Program
Expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors
Encourage continued participation in fishing by developing skills in the children along with their parents
Provide education and understanding to children about fish as a natural resource
Increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities
What a great way to introduce kids to fishing. Our boys had a blast on and off the water.