Illinois Bass Anglers Kids Fishing Day June 11th 2006
Kids Fishing Day Pictures
If you have never been involved in teaching a kid how to fish, you're missing a huge thrill. The men and woman in our club have some memories from this day that we will never forget. The Illinois Bass Anglers need to give a special thank you to Pat Sweeney for the use of the facilities where we hold the kids fishing day. Pat Sweeney is a class individual who really stuck his neck out for the kids this year he went way beyond the call of Duty and he deserves all the accolades for the last 5 years for teaching close to 500 kids how to fish. We provided the time and equipment and Pat Sweeney made sure the kids had a great place and a great chance to catch fish, some of the kids caught their first fish because of him.
All the kids who were registered took home a rod and reel combo and a tackle box full of lures and plastics. An award was given to all who participated. This year's group didn't want to stop when we served up the hot dogs for lunch so we kind of rescheduled the awards ceremony for one hour later. Finally after 3 years a boy Michael Murphy caught the big fish of the day a 10 lb catfish. Moments later 10 feet away Katie Schrefler caught a 3.5 lbs bass for the big fish for the girls. Each of the big fish awards received a spinning rod and reel combo for there prize.
An event this big has to be well organized to pull this day off without a hitch and this year we did it. I owe a lot of people a special thanks for their help and extra time put into this event. I would like to thank my wife Lisa for this years food shopping and Kevin Seme and Jim Riordan for cooking up lunch without a hitch. There are a bunch of club members to thank who gave extra time up to pre-rig the rods and put tackle boxes together. Kevin Seme was one of those members and he also donated fishing equipment to raffle off. His 2 daughters Stacey and Stephanie worked wonders with the kids. Tom Kotsakis, Bob Bobich, Curt Schuemaker, Bob + Jim Blumenstein were also there to set rods up. Kevin Gofron, Curtis Newton, Marc Fosteryd, Bud Edmunds, Mike Syjud and Joe Borque and Brad Hadraba worked there magic with the kids on the docks.
The Illinois Bass Anglers need to give a special thank you to Pat Sweeney for the use of the facilities where we hold the kids fishing day. Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to provide for the children like we do. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and especially Scott Beschorner of Strictly Fishing of Plainfield, Embroidme of Shorewood for making us look so good, Setyr Rods, McCoy Mean Green Line and Founders bank of Plainfield. Gift Certificates were donated from Hair - 4 - U of Naperville for massages, Ladies Workout Express of Joliet, Pizza's from Vita Bella of Plainfield and Papa Passero's of Westmont and Chili's kid's meals. The Illinois Bass Anglers are a B.A.S.S. Federation Nation club who donates to the Make-a-wish Foundation. The club hosts a benefit tournament every year, this year is for Multiple Sclerosis and we usually run a Hot dog cart at Cub Foods in Plainfield for this year's charity. The club is helping the Cub Scouts, Weblos and Boy Scouts get their Fishing Merit badges this year in Orland Park by teaching them to fish and practice CPR Catch Photograph and Release. The Club also hosts a Bassmaster Kids Casting Competition every year. Our club is dedicated to teach youngster's to fish and help out in cause's where we can make a difference. The Illinois Bass Anglers would like to once again thank all of our sponsors without your support we couldn’t have provided the same level of positive experiences for the kids of tomorrow.
Kids Fishing Day Pictures