2017-03-16 / Fishing


Disabled anglers invited to register for free fishing event

Reservations are now available for disabled anglers of all ages to enter the free Anglers on Wheels tournament set for Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.

There are two trips to choose from, Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m., or Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Each disabled angler may bring up to three family members or friends on the trip.

The reservations are taken on a first-come-first-served basis, and organizers said that the trips fill quickly so folks should sign up soon.

Reservations may be made by calling (210) 749-0004, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., or participants may sign up online at www.ditwtexas.org .

Fishing will take place aboard the Island Queen II, a converted ferryboat that is wheelchair accessible. It is covered to keep off the hot Texas sun and includes restroom facilities on board.

Bait and tackle are free of charge. A tip jar is on the boat for those who would like to tip the crew members who are volunteering to help during the event.

Participants may bring their own tackle and ice chests aboard.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will provide free fishing licenses for all event participants.

Fishing poles are limited and will be provided to participants with disabilities first.

Also, included in the tournament is a barbecue dinner on Saturday at the Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion at Roberts Point Park at 6 p.m.

Awards including prize money will be presented at the dinner for both the Friday and Saturday trips.

Prize money will go to the disabled fisherman only. If a friend or family member catches a fish, the prize goes to the fisherman in their group with a disability.

Free event T-shirts will be given to every disabled angler at the barbecue. Additional T-shirts may be purchased and the purchase price will go toward the costs of putting on the event.

Complete tournament rules are available on the website previously listed.

Participants are responsible for their own lodging.

A list of accommodations, some with wheelchair accessibility, is available on the Door in the Wall website.

The Door in the Wall, Inc., founded by Jim and Barbara Blair of Lakehills host the tournament.

It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The organization states on its website, “Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and encourage them to take the first step to try new experiences that previously were considered beyond their reach.”

The Door in the Wall, Inc. also sponsors adapted sailing, Fourth of July and Christmas events.

A second Anglers on Wheels Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23.

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