John D. Silva
Member since 2012
Many folks get their first experience fishing using a tiny rod and a closed face, push-button reel. They're easy to use, inexpensive, and a great way to get started fishing.
Their ease of use can also benefit the elderly. Specifically, they benefit the senior citizens of Sacred Heart Nursing Home and Rehab Center, who take part in an annual saltwater fishing trip.
Once a year, Marc Folco of The New Bedford Standard Times and I work in conjunction with Sacred Heart Nursing Home. Together, we take senior citizens on an annual saltwater fishing trip - day away from the facility, out in the sun, and on the shoreline.
You Can Help!
After several seasons worth of outings, the fishing gear we provide for the seniors has begun to deteriorate. Servicing most of these combos isn't cost effective, so we're in need of inexpensive push-button setups and other terminal tackle.
This is where you can help us!
We're currently looking for any inexpensive, unwanted, lightweight rods and closed face fishing reels. Some of us learned how to fish using one of these setups and might have one lying around somewhere, or perhaps have bought one for the kids.
Most of these folks are limited physically in one way or another, so short and light are musts. Our goal is to make their fishing experience as comfortable as possible.
Anything in working order would be much appreciated! Freshwater gear is sufficient, as are mostly targeting bottom species such as scup, sea robins, and young black sea bass.
The folks really look forward to this outing each season, as it provides them with a fun-filled day in the sun.
Specifically we are looking for:
Thank you in advance to anyone here on My Fishing Cape Cod who is able to help by donating some tackle and equipment. We really appreciate it.
If you have something you'd like to donate, then please leave a comment below or send me an email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
John D. Silva is an award winning outdoor writer and photographer with over 45 years of experience fishing inland and coastal waters in the United States and Canada. An active member in the New England Outdoor Writer’s Association, he has published feature articles, columns and photos in a variety of popular outdoor publications, including On the Water Magazine, N. Carolina Sportsman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Sporting Classics, Coastal Angler, and The Fisherman magazine among others.