Bass Club shares love of fishing with Foster's Home for Children
Tarleton State University
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Saturday, April 6, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Nearly three dozen youngsters spent their Saturday afternoon catching largemouth bass with the help of members from Tarleton’s Bass Club during their annual Fishing For Foster’s outing.
Children ages one to 18, who are residents of the Stephenville-based Foster’s Home for Children, were invited by the Tarleton Bass Club to Taber Meyers Ranch for several hours of fishing in a small lake where participants were all smiles after reeling in one bass after another.
“The event is designed to teach them about fishing and enjoying the outdoors,” said Zack Jones, secretary of the Tarleton Bass Club. “Many of these kids don’t ever get to fish and some have never been fishing before, but it’s nice to see them all have a great time.”
Now in its fourth year, Fishing For Foster’s has allowed numerous children to try their hand at baiting a hook, casting a line into the water and, if they’re lucky, to reel in a fish. Saturday’s catches included several nice-size largemouth bass, while others sought to hook a catfish from the clear waters of the Meyers Ranch lake.
“I think they’re having a blast,” said Bass Club member Hunter Edwards. “Most of these kids don’t get to fish everyday like we do, but it’s great watching them have fun and helping them learn to fish.”
The Bass Club also provided participants with a lakeside hot dog lunch and invited Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game warden Zach Havens to give a brief talk to the children.
One participant, Tanner, had a successful outing with the Tarleton students after reeling in three fish in less than 30 minutes. “This was my first time to ever catch a bass,” he said. “I’ve only caught a catfish before!”
Heather, another somewhat experienced angler, said she learned a few tips from the Bass Club. “I’ve fished before, but one of the guys taught me that bass like to hang around tree trunks. I also learned that it’s best to reel in the bait, then stop, and reel it in again to make the bait seem more real,” she said, just before landing another three-pound bass.
“For several kids, they’ve never held a rod and reel so it’s their first experience with fishing,” said Dave Smith, a house parent at Foster’s Home for Children. “Once we return home, the kids talk about it for days, especially if they caught a fish during the outing. They love this event.”
The April 6 event was made possible by several donations of food and money, as well as bait, said Edwards. “We’d like to thank our generous donors for their support and for making this day possible.”
For more information about the Tarleton Bass Club, its membership and tournament results, visit http://www.tarletonbassclub.com.
Tarleton State University
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