Students from across the area are reeling in a special opportunity at a local lake.
Disabled youth are getting the chance to experience fishing fun – many for the first time.
Spring Lake is fully-stocked with hundreds of trout just waiting to be caught by the special junior anglers at the Texarkana Fishing Derby.
“We give ’em long cane poles, we put corn on there, and they just, they love it,” said Eddie Aulds, recreation specialist with Texarkana, Texas, Parks and Recreation.
Aulds and his team are giving kids with special needs a special experience.
Ashley Watkins, a teacher’s aide in Fouke, assisted some of the youth at the event.
“He loves to eat fish and he loves fish when they’re not moving, but when they’re moving he’s not real sure,” said Watkins about one of the students she was fishing with.
The fishing frenzy at Spring Lake Park is giving these kids a chance to catch more than trout.