This lucky young angler caught a 3.4-pound bass on his first cast at the recent fishing derby for children of military parents sponsored by Kids First Cast, Inc. (KFC), out of Nampa, Idaho.
Thirty-six youngsters whose parents were recently deployed from an Air National Guard unit in Boise participated. "One kid caught 14 bluegills and was tickled to death," said Howard Davis, executive director of KFC. "Overall the kids had a blast."
Mostly in anonymity, Davis, owner of Howard's Tackle Shoppe, has been taking kids fishing for 25 years or more. But with encouragement from Dyann Aspiazu, who promised to handled the red tape, Howard and others formed KFC as a non-profit in early 2012. Now they take thousands of kids fishing annually.
The organization is most noted for Davis' "bass-mobile," which carries equipment and tackle. More than 100 rods and reels are maintained for events, but donated rods and reels are cleaned up and given to kids to keep. And Davis always is looking for more. If you'd like to donate tackle, send it to Howard's Tackle Shoppe at 1707 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, Idaho 83687.
We need more volunteer organizations like this if we are to keep passing on the passion and pleasure of recreational fishing to future generations. Take a kid fishing and you'll discover that you get just as much enjoyment out of watching him or her catch fish as you would if you were catching them yourself. Or, if you're like Davis, even more.