Fishing Has No Boundaries and the Take an Adult Fishing Event

by Free Speech on July 14, 2009

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Nice Smallmouth Bass

Nice Smallmouth Bass

Lodi, WI Wisconsin
7/14/2009

This past weekend was the fourteenth annual Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) event for physically challenged and disabled individuals. FHNB was started in 1986 in Hayward, Wisconsin and now has over two dozen chapters nationally in 23 states.  There are Wisconsin chapters in; Hayward, Eagle River, UW-Oshkosh, Chippewa Valley, Madison, and Fond du Lac. 

Fishing Has No Boundaries took over Governor Nelson State Park with almost 100 participants and over 300 volunteers who are the one’s who make this great event possible. The participants pay a nominal fee with a portion of the fee going to the national organization for the development of new chapters. The disabled anglers get two days of fishing and fun on the water with experienced guides and anglers, boats and pontoons that can accommodate wheelchairs, bait, boxed lunches and beverages for two days, adaptive fishing gear for those who need it, safe dock loading, FHNB hats and T-shirts, and fish cleaning. After Saturdays fishing, the Yahara Fishing Club puts on its fabulous fish fry for all the participants and volunteers using many of the fish caught that day.

The local Madison chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries is a non-profit organization that cannot accomplish its goals without public support. The organization relies on individuals, groups, and companies for funds, volunteers, and sponsorship to make fishing and being in the outdoors available to those with disabilities.

This year, I rode with Duffy Kopf, the President of the Yahara Fishing Club, in a “sector boat” which had a section on the north end of Lake Mendota to patrol and take care of any needs or emergencies. There were no problems or trouble on Saturday, so Duffy and I patrolled the lake checking the many boats from the event to see how their fishing was going. Generally, the fishing was not very good on Saturday due to the storm and front that went through the area early Saturday morning. We did see some smallmouth, white bass, and bluegills caught, but not like the action that has been had in previous years. The important thing was to get people out on the water and participating in an activity that they rarely get a chance to do! The smiles that you see on the faces of the participants are well worth it and add a feeling of satisfaction to the volunteers. Thanks to all of you that helped and I know that those who rarely get a chance to fish, that so many of us take for granted, are thinking about what a great weekend they had at this wonderful and satisfying outing.

Take An Adult Fishing Tournament

Saturday, July 25, 2009 is the annual Take An Adult Fishing Tournament at the Wilderness Fish and Game store in Sauk City, Wisconsin. This free event has become one highlights of the summer in the area with families coming from many towns within a 30 mile radius. “The purpose of this event is to provide a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles. For that reason, there is to be no smoking or drinking during this event.”

This is a “fun activity” where adults over 18 may form a team where at least one child must be under 16 years old. Parents, guardians, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and neighbors can all fish as long as they have filled out an entry form that is signed by the adult. Entry forms may be picked up at the Wilderness store and are also available online at http://www.saukprairie.com/documents/taaft09.pdf. The entry forms should be turned in by July 18, 2009. The take-off is at 6:00 am from the Wilderness Fish and Game parking lot and all teams must be back for the weigh-in at 2:00 pm.

The rules are simple because there are not that many. Here are the basic rules; fill out and turn in an entry form by July 18th, be at the 6:00 am take-off and rules meeting, follow all state rules and regulations, no alcohol or tobacco, have one team member under 16 years of age, each team must fill out an entry form, and return for the official 2:00 pm weigh-in. Teams may fish any waters that they choice from boat or shore as long as they are back by 2:00 pm deadline. There are plaques for first and second place in the six categories which include; walleye and sauger, bass (both kinds), catfish, roughfish, panfish, and trout. There also will be “goodie bags” for each team and many other freebies for the children. Make sure that everyone who needs a valid fishing license has one.

 This is great family event that all you readers should try to participate in and get the children outside fishing in the Wisconsin outdoors. Try to get your children involved in fishing and other outdoor activities at an early age and then they will be hooked for life!

You may direct questions to Wilderness Fish and Game at (6080-643-2433 or contact me at http://www.garyengbergoutdoors.ccom/ with any questions that you may have and I hope to see many of you there.

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