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70 kids learn the thrill of fishing

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Posted: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Three younger children show off their fishing reels with one of the event's captains. John Chacon, Calif. Dept. of Water Resources

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Seventy children from the local community were invited to participate in the annual C.A.S.T. – Catch a Special Thrill - fishing event for Kids Foundation at Castaic Lake on Saturday, Oct. 5.

These children were paired with an experienced volunteer boater/fisherman and taken out on the lake for several hours and taught how to fish.

Due to the severe wind forecast, only 37 children were expected to participate, along with 26 volunteer boaters.

Fortunately the severe winds never appeared allowing for a wonderful day of fishing for the over 115 volunteers and kids who attended. Big smiles and laughter were heard throughout the day from everyone involved.

After fishing, the children returned for on-shore activities and a barbecue luncheon that was provided by the Friends of Castaic Lake, and prepared by the Lyons Club.

An awards ceremony immediately followed with speakers Dan Masnada, CEO Castaic Lake Water Agency, Art Paisley, CAST for Kids Foundation, and David Perry, assistant deputy for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Michael Antonovich’s office.

C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a national, non-profit organization that works with local governmental agencies, organizations and businesses to stage outdoor fishing events for disabled and disadvantaged youth ranging in age from 7 to 14.

Agencies and organizations helping C.A.S.T. for Kids and the Department of Water Resources with this event include the California Departments of Fish & Wildlife, L.A. County Parks and Recreation, Cal Fire, Castaic Lake Water Agency, the city of Santa Clarita, the Friends of Castaic Lake, and the Lyons Club.

Please mark your calendars for next year. This is an annual event held every October at Castaic Lake and we are always looking for participants and volunteers.

 

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