A REEL good time


Vern Riffe students learn to fish

By: Bailey Watts - bwatts@aimmediamidwest.com



“Joy,” Richards said, “Is the best part about this.”

“Joy,” Richards said, “Is the best part about this.”


Bailey Watts | PDT

True Lure and Shawnee State Park will host the Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby in April.


Bailey Watts | PDT

A Vern Riffe student embraces True Lure founder Todd Dunn after a successful cast.


Bailey Watts | PDT

True Lure, took to Vern Riffe with rods, line, bobbers and a unique opportunity.

Thursday, individuals from True Lure, gave students of Vern Riffe the chance to learn a few fishing techniques.

The nonprofit, True Lure, is an organization seeking to aid and deliver unique experiences to disabled individuals.

During the afternoon, the True Lure team took to the gymnasium where students, instructors and volunteers awaited the demonstrations at hand.

Championed by Todd Dunn and Mike Bell, the seminar began with greetings, introductions and excitement. The children were visibly happy.

“It’s something you need to see and experience. Ya know, to see how excited they get,” Alec Meerker, a volunteer from Shawnee State University said.

After the displays of technique and how to reel and cast, the children had their chance to win a fishing pole themselves.

Each student was given a ticket with a number on it. Once True Lure had handed them out, two winners were chosen. They were given their own rods to enjoy to their heart’s content.

No one left empty-handed however, each student was given a silicone bracelet and a bobber. The bracelet, camouflaged patterned, read, “Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby.”

Last year was the 53rd annual Trout Derby at Turkey Creek.

The derby dedicated to and only for handicapped individuals. Sponsors and aids ensured veterans, children and any disabled person, the opportunity to fish. No license was required, and this year, the same goes. At the end of April, a three-day event will be held, complete with feats, fishing and a tank on the banks of Roosevelt Lake.

“It was the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Jenny Richards, a naturalist that has been with Shawnee Parks for 20 years stated. She recalled the “joy,” the children expressed last year.

Throughout the afternoon, Bell would narrate and encourage the children from the microphone. Shouts of, “I’m gonna win,” and, “I’m the best,” penetrated the doors from the gym and into Vern Riffe halls.

True Lure’s founder would speak extensively of the day’s exploits and what’s to come.

“The goal is to get these children fishing,” Dunn would say. He spoke adamantly about not just the children but the adults too.

“If you know a veteran or a kid, bring them out,” Dunn said.

Dunn praised his staff for being able to share this moment with the children. He cited their diligence as the reason for their success.

“It’s been one heck of a great day,” the West Portsmouth Mason would conclude.

True Lure gave Vern Riffe students a chance to learn angling tactics and invite them to the Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby in April.

“Joy,” Richards said, “Is the best part about this.”
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/03/web1_P3050561.jpg“Joy,” Richards said, “Is the best part about this.” Bailey Watts | PDT

True Lure and Shawnee State Park will host the Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby in April.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/03/web1_IMG_1660.jpgTrue Lure and Shawnee State Park will host the Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby in April. Bailey Watts | PDT

A Vern Riffe student embraces True Lure founder Todd Dunn after a successful cast.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/03/web1_IMG_1619.jpgA Vern Riffe student embraces True Lure founder Todd Dunn after a successful cast. Bailey Watts | PDT
Vern Riffe students learn to fish

By: Bailey Watts

bwatts@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931

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Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931

© 2020 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights