Summer is coming to an end, but the summer memories made for four North Carolina kids will last a lifetime, thanks to an organization called Angles N Camo, which pairs disabled kids, and kids with life-threatening illnesses, with professional outdoorsmen. Together, they give the kids an outdoor experience that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in.
The first adventure kicked off in May with CJ, who wanted to go fishing on a boat, and really didn’t care what species he went after. He just wanted to fish. Lisa Adams, Angels N Camo founder, contacted Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service for CJ’s adventure. They went after rockfish (striped bass) in Weldon, NC, the Rockfish Capital of the World.
The weather gave the crew a challenge with rain and possible thunderstorms, but CJ said he had a raincoat, and didn’t care about the rain. With the radar finally beginning to clear, the crew baited up. Within minutes, CJ had his first rockfish in the boat. While pictures were being taken, Jason, CJ's stepdad, had his own rockfish on the line. Those were just two of over 75 fish they caught and released during the morning adventure.
In July, it was Timothy's turn for an outing. Like CJ, Timothy just wanted to go fishing on a boat. The Angels N Camo crew picked up Timothy, his mom, and his sister, and they all headed to Oriental to fish with Capt. Greg Voliva of Four Season Guide Service.
The morning started off with a huge rockfish, and it continued to be a busy day with a limit of beautiful redfish, as well as plenty of trout and bluefish. It was a memorable trip that Timothy – and the rest of the crew – will always remember.
Sarah's adventure was next, and they left the dock at 5:30 a.m. from the OBX Marina in Wanchese on the “Fish Hunter.” Sarah’s wish was to do some offshore fishing, and along with her mom and dad, had hopes of catching a few dolphin. After a beautiful ride out, Capt. Matt Hurlbut and Capt. Elson Meyers went to work for Sarah, and they did not disappoint.
Within an hour of lines out, rods were zinging, making music to Sarah’s ear. Talk about a great trip! She and her parents boated 18 dolphin and a 46-pound yellowfin tuna. Then, just as the team was about to head back in, one line zinged off and Sarah caught a beautiful sailfish.
Next up was Aliyah’s fishing adventure, which was the last of the summer for the Angels N Camo crew. Like Sarah, Aliyah wanted an offshore trip. The Angels N Camo crew picked up Aliyah, along with her mom and step-dad, and headed to Morehead City to meet Captain Chad Bond and the crew of “Feet First.” The day proved to be a dream come true for Aliyah, as she brought three wahoo and four blackfin tuna back to the dock.
Angels N Camo would like to thank all of the outfitters, captains, and crew that helped give these kids such great adventures, which would not have been possible without their help and generosity.
Thoughts from Lisa: “'Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.' This quote from Henry David Thoreau holds true. When I started Angels N Camo in 2012, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wanted to give a kid an opportunity of a lifetime and to make a difference in their life by sharing my love of the outdoors with them. They (the kids) flipped it on me. Each one of them has made a tremendous impact on my life. I always want each kid’s adventure to be successful, and for us to get that trophy that we are after. I have learned, however, that it truly is not about the “trophy.” It is about the experience these kids have. Getting them out of their house, taking them to a place they have never been, providing them with an opportunity to do something that they could not do otherwise...that is what it is all about. The 'trophy' is just a bonus.”