sunnyvale police athletic league kid's trip on the hulicat 8/9/12
many here have donated reels, some even cash, in support of the kid's fishing trips that i donate to. my sincere thanks to all that have donated. just wanted to let you know where your money is going to. discover angling is a non-profit that helps organize fishing trips for kids in the san francisco bay area. http://www.discoverangling.com/
i've been helping them out with donations of fishing tackle, rods/reels, and cash to get these trips off the ground. one of last year's trip was interesting. as i recall, there were 22 kids representing 5 different east bay gangs. i've been invited along, but have not been able to attend until this trip.
the police department in sunnyvale, california, has some rough areas of town to cover. it is not as rough as the east bay, but those of you that know the south bay are aware of the issues facing some of these neighborhoods. like many other police departments, there is a kid-oriented police athletic league. i've never spoken to anyone there before, but it should be similar to the one that officer simon chan runs in san francisco. it's gotta be an incredible challenge. for this trip, we had 20 kids, 5 adult staff, and 7 volunteers board the hulicat yesterday. 7am is probably a little tough for some of these kids.
it was forcast to be rough, and the forcast was correct. a bunch of the older kids headed up to the bow where i had some of my rods tied off. they wanted to see the ocean up close. for some, it was the first time being on a boat in the ocean. for others, it was the first time ever seeing the ocean at all. jake was our deckhand and he had his hands full. after a couple of trips around the boat, he figured out that we would be ok on our own.
let the killing commence!
i've heard several people comment that you have to be a kid or have a kid to get a ride on my boat. after this experience, that is more true than ever.
many thanks to our deckhand jake and captain tom mattusch of the hulicat out of half moon bay and to "discover angling" for putting this together.