"At a young age, I was fortunate to have grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and friends who have shared their passion of fishing with me. Through the years, this passion for fishing would sustain me through the good and the bad times. It became my “lifeline." This lifeline brought me experiences that helped give me knowledge, happiness, physical and mental health. But best of all, it allowed me to always learn more about myself."
When I read those words by Diane Aspiazu, president of Kids First Cast, Inc., I knew that we were kindred spirits. Of course, we are not alone. Many of us who fish know this, and that intangible value is what prompted me to write Why We Fish.
But not everyone is doing what Diane and other volunteers up in Idaho are doing to "pass it on," and that is why I encourage you to learn more about this great organization, contribute to it, and think about starting a similar organization in your area.
Recreational fishing is under siege as never before and, if we are to turn the tide we much show those who don't fish--- especially children---- how it can enrich their lives in ways that they can't even imagine until they give it a try and get hooked.
Here's what Kids First Cast, Inc. is doing in 2016:
- Assisting Idaho Fish and Game with the “Take Me Fishing” trailer schedule by doing 26 fishing outings from April through June.
- Annual field trip with Sawtooth Middle School to teach 350 kids about the basics of casting and tying fishing knots.
- Week of the Young Child, teaching 300 kids about casting.
- Annual VFW Fishing Derby, helping disabled veterans fish for a day.
- Annual Babe Ruth Jamboree, host casting pools for baseball teams.
- Annual Scales of Justice Tournament for troubled youth.
- Annual Conservation Day Clinic.
- Canyon Military Kids Fishing Derby.
- VFW Kids Fishing Derby.
- Wish to Fish Christmas Program. providing Christmas with a “fishing flair” for kids economically challenged.
- Annual Canyon County Night Light Parade.
Here is the organization's mission statement
Build and sustain healthy communities by providing education, conservation, and outdoor recreation in a safe and inviting environment for kids and their families while enjoying the sport of fishing.