Lakecaster Online

"Get Hooked" Spreads "The Message"
By Ed Snyder

East Texas Get Hooked On Fishing "Not Drugs" Crusade
Saturday, Shirley Creek Marina, The energy of this special day helped to enhance the urgency of its importance as a purr-fect Spring morning awoke to the warmth of a rising sun, and the excited anticipations of over 600 children as they arrived to participate in the 13th Annual East Texas Get Hooked On Fishing "Not Drugs" Crusade being held on the scenic shores of Shirley Creek Marina.

This was the "Fishing Friends and Family day" phase of the crusade which would involve children from the three lake area school districts of Etoile, Cherino, and Central, as they were split into two groups. The first group would grab fishin' poles, bait, and chaperons as they headed for some shoreline fishing, while the second group would to spend time within the seminar area where they were treated to anti-drug & alcohol seminars, casting clinics and contests, informational programs, puppet shows, and autograph/photograph opportunities with the many local and national celebrities who were attending this years event, which included Miss Hooked on Fishing, "Not Drugs" of Texas-Kristin Little, Miss Teen East Texas-Ashely Doughtie, Miss Lufkin-Georgia Locke, Miss Teen Lufkin-Amy Renee Lenderman, Miss Piney Woods-Sunni Cranfill, Miss Teen Piney Woods-Hollie Hines, Miss Angelina County-Scarlett Hinke, Miss Teen Angelina County-Armanda Roland, Miss Nacogdoches-Paige Patillo, Miss Teen Nacogdoches-Agatha Bielicki, NFL Hall Of Famer-Kenny Houston, Major League Baseball Player/Scout-Red Murff, National BassMaster Pro and ESPN TV fishing show host-Lonnie Stanley of Stanley Jigs Inc., National Woman's Bass Fishing Pro and World WBFA Champion-Sherrie Brubaker, National BassMaster Pro-John Hale, and National Woman's Bass Fishing Pro and WBFA Champion-Janice Cheek.

"BUT" the most important celebrities of this "most important" event are the kids, as they spent the better part of their day catchin' perch, bass, crappie, "itty-bitty frogs", (and some of their chaperon's) as they swung, pitched, flipped, and "overheaded" their cane poles which were baited with all that "ickey-stuff" which managed to catch "tons" of smiles and laughter

"We managed to raise over $2,400 from this years event for our East Texas program, stated Executive Director, Paul Hinton, and we've had over 2,000 school children participate in our anti drug and alcohol Poster & Essay contest, "which will be put on public display all around our lake area business and school districts, Paul informed, adding that, "as the Director of the East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing, "Not Drugs" Crusade, I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to all of the celebrities and VIP's that gave their time to participate in this "renowned" anti-drug crusade that is devoted to helping our East Texas youth. "Again, Paul applauded, "many thanks to our participating schools, staff, sponsors, "and" the several hundred volunteer's who helped, as well as to former U.S. President, George Bush, and our Texas Governor, George W. Bush, for all of their supporting letters of encouragement.

Program Facts-(in these past 12 years over 9,250 East Texas children have participated in the fishing programs with over 18,000 students competing in the classroom essay and poster contests which awarded over $235,000 in prizes and merchandise into the hands of the children who've participated)-

For more information on this National program, contact Paul Hinton at (409)-787-3110 -or- fax to- (409)-787-2863.

National sponsors; Berkly & Company- Bill Lewis Lures- Catfish Charlie- Daiwa Corporation- Gator Grip- Hildebrandt Corporation- Plano Molding Company- Ranger Boats- Stanley Jigs Inc- Tejas Gas- Tru Turn Hooks- Yamaha Outboard Motors- Zebco/Quantum/Motorguide- "and" the over 600 children who arrived to enjoy "The Fishing Friends and Family Day".

Miss Hooked On Fishing Not Drugs of East Texas - Kristin Little

Yeah... I catched the big one!

Say Cheese!

Back to Lakecaster Online contents