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#11834513 - 09/17/16 07:50 PM Volunteer fishing opportunity
SStohner Offline
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Registered: 05/30/15
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I am currently planning a fishing event for kids who are involved with the juvenile court system.

I work as a counselor at an outpatient facility that works with kids involved with the courts, we have recently started using more life skills development programs. So I basically take everything I do or have done for fun and try and get the kids involved. So far we have paintballed, dodgeball, basketball, kickball, cooking…

Next up on the list is fishing. Our facility is in Plano and I was planning on having the kids dropped off at oak point nature preserve in Plano. There is a pretty big pond there that I have not fished yet but looks promising…

I am pretty sure none of the kids have ever fished and will be around age 14-17.

What I could use help with….

I am looking for a few guys to come out the day of and help with teaching the basics of fishing. It will probably be around 15 kids so the more help the better. I can’t imagine it would be easy for me to tie 5 lures at once…

Also anyone who has fished ponds around the Plano area, tips would be appreciated as far as what species is there.. Looks like Catfish had been stocked but I would assume something else has started to live there…

Any tips or advice will also be greatly appreciated! I work with these kids for a living and seeing them enjoy simple things that I do is unreal compared to what they were previously doing.

Thanks,

Scott

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#11834813 - 09/17/16 10:28 PM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: SStohner]
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Awesome thing you are doing! thumb

My schedule is pretty full but hopefully some other forum folks will read your post and might be able to help you out with what you are seeking.

Wishing you good luck and tight lines.

I will try and work on something if I get a free moment that would be a letter with some words of encouragement for these folks that are getting back on the right path.

No one has led a perfect life including myself and we all have skeletons in the closet.

It's never to late to change course. They are in the drivers seat of their destiny.

I'll try to get something typed up for you.

Thanks for sharing. fish
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#11835258 - 09/18/16 10:15 AM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: SStohner]
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what dates are you looking at?

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#11838929 - 09/20/16 09:40 AM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: SStohner]
SStohner Offline
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Sorry I didn't get the date on there..

We are planning on doing it the first Tuesday of October. 10/4/16, The kids would be out there about 5:30. I will probably be out there early getting things set up.

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#11838983 - 09/20/16 10:07 AM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: SStohner]
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I don't think I'll be able to help directly, as I will be at the CAT meeting that evening. BUT, I do have a lot of poles that I'm not using if that would be of any help. I could meet you and get you the poles and get them sometime later down the road when you're done with them. If that's something you're interested in, please feel free to PM me.
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#11840501 - 09/21/16 02:03 AM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: Laner]
SStohner Offline
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Sweet thanks for the offer Lane. Let em check how many functional poles my dad and I have and I can let you know for sure.


I had completely forgotten about the CAT meetings... Been to long since I could think about going.

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#11843464 - 09/22/16 01:39 PM Re: Volunteer fishing opportunity [Re: SStohner]
SStohner Offline
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Registered: 05/30/15
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Another issue I am probably good to have it I have never really fished that pond. I know bob woodruff is not far either. So any tips as to what to target would be appreciated. I am also coming up with some small tackle boxes to provide for some of the kids who appear interested in trying it on their own.

Long term I am setting up a non profit that provides pro social services- fishing, hunting, hiking, football, kickball, soccer, even some type of craft or trade is eventually down the line. So little events like this is what I am going to focus on for the next year or so.

Shoot, maybe one day we could have a fishing team made up of some of the juvenile delinquents.


I am also going to talk to my director about changing to date to the Tuesday after because the Tuesday I selected happened to be the CAT Tournament...

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