Fishing event for youth with disabilities to take place on Table Rock Lake
Sunday, October 9 beginning at 7 a.m.
Branson, MO—The Fishing Dreams Through The Legends Of Fishing In Honor Of Jack Emmitt is pleased to announce their 8th annual event to give children with physical disabilities, who are recruited through Camp Barnabas and the Southwest Center for Independent Living, an opportunity to go out on the water in a boat or pontoon with fishing pros and guides and experience the joy of fishing. Event partners include Bass Pro Shops, Big Cedar Lodge, Bent Hook Marina, Worman House, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Plano, Fish Tales, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, White River Elite and Webb Outdoors.
Each child will receive a free rod and reel, tackle box with tackle supplies, a specially designed Fishing Dreams shirt, and many other items such as Bass Pro Shops logoed hats and koozies. All children, regardless of their disability, will have the opportunity to experience fishing by assistance from their personal fishing pro and guides, and some with the help of adaptive gear that will enable them to fish. The specialized fishing gear is supplied by Fish Tales, one of the partner organizations.
Upon returning from their two hour fishing adventure, the participants and their families will be treated to a Big Cedar Lodge fish fry luncheon and award ceremony. During the award ceremony, the children will receive a special keepsake in the form of a mounted picture of themselves with their fishing guides to help them in always remembering the day. ‘Camo’ the Conservation Clown, Clay Self, and ‘Bobber’ Dog will bring extra entertainment to the event.
For many years this quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing has given special needs children of the Ozarks an opportunity to experience new things through a day of fun and a chance to forget the conditions that challenge them on a daily basis. It’s a welcome break from their normal routine of hospital visits, painful treatments, and hours of therapy. One day a year, their new challenge is to catch a fish and enjoy the great outdoors.
Besides creating a positive experience for youth, Fishing Dreams furthers its mission by increasing awareness of disabled and disadvantaged children in our communities and helps to promote and teach an appreciation for wildlife and our natural resources.
Past fishing professionals that have participated in this effort have included many White River Elite anglers and others such as Charlie Campbell, Mike Webb, Jim Pearce, Stacey King, Rick Clunn, Steve Boilet, Paul Willett and Jack Emmitt. Each year until his death in August 2014, Jack Emmitt took a child fishing during this special event. This year will mark the 3rd year that the event will be in Jack’s honor and the memory of his life. A tribute launch ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. with special thanks to Western Taney County Fire who will assist in making the moment special by bringing their fire boat to the venue. Jacks’ ability to teach youth to fish and his heartfelt love for special anglers will always be remembered by the event forever carrying his name.
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Martin Mac Donald
Director of Conservation
Bass Pro Shops