Kids Wishn’ To Go Fishn’ Celebrates 15th Year Saturday July 9th marked the fifteenth year since this program started. With the many volunteers and Doug Houston the original creator of this event, the P.L. Wilson Detachment of the Marine Corps League, the Mobile Police Dept., the Mobile Jaycees and over twenty national and local sponsors participated in the event.
Ten adult anglers and 30 children ages 8-12 mostly from the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama got a chance to experience a trip of a life time. They boarded a chartered bus provided by Kingdom Coach and were escorted with blue lights by the Mobile Police Dept. and the Marine Corps League motor cycle group Semper Fi Riders to the Dauphin Island Marina where they received a Eagle Claw rod & reel, tackle box, t-shirt and back pack loaded with goodies. They boarded the charter boat The Duke and headed out for hours of fishing in Mobile Bay.
The children caught fish after fish and the expression on a childs face when they catch their first fish will last a life time. It is a pleasure to teach a child how to fish…..said Doug Houston. Once every child had a fish in hand they headed for the docks of the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament the site of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. They got to participate in their first fishing tournament. Each child got a certificate, hot dog, soft drink and ice cream and will receive a photo plaque from the Conde Corp.
Tom Claxton and the Marine Corps League has been a major part of this event for the last three years. Without them this event would not be possible. Once the child gets home with all the tackle they need to go fishing, we hope they will pick it up and go fishing instead of the streets….Houston exclaimed.