[Note: On Sunday, September 12, 2010, the Everett Central Lions Club hosted its 66th annual Fishing Derby for blind and visually impaired people of all ages. Louis Braille School student Alan Bridgeford and his dad, Kevin, attended. Below is Alan’s account of the experience. For more information about the Derby, see the Everett Herald article “Blind Anglers Reel in Day of Joy in Everett Lions Club Derby.”]
I Go to the Fishing Derby
My crew and I woke up very early in the morning to go to the fishing derby.
Then my dad and I went to McDonald’s for breakfast. I got a sausage, egg and cheese McMuffin. My dad got a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit. We both got hash browns, orange juice and chocolate chip cookies.
My dad and I got to the fishing derby at 5:30 A.M in the morning. We both got our fishing licenses and then we checked in. My dad brought his video camera.
My dad and I went fishing on the boat called “Fish and Chip.”
My dad and I felt a fish bite on our fishing poles. The two men Chip and Jim felt a fish bite on their fishing poles and they tried to get the fish into the boat, but it got away.
We reeled our lines in as quickly as we could to find the fish on our hook. Before we could get the fish into the boat it fell back into the water!
Next, Chip, Jim, Nancy, my dad and I reeled in our fishing lines to check for any sea grass at the end of our lines.
Chip, Jim, Nancy, my dad and I went back to shore because we had to be back in time for lunch.