"Fishing with Buddies " is a new activity we are adding in 2019.
We are in the planning stages of an in-shore charter fishing event, a saltwater pier/harbor fishing event, and a freshwater pond fishing event. In addition to the support from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, we have received grants from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Coast Electric Community Roundup, and Walmart to help implement these fun, recreational/leisure activities.
These events will be open to participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A family member and/or Volunteer Buddy will help the individual with special needs fish. There may be some specific requirements depending upon the type of event.
The nearshore charter boat fishing event is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019. We have ten charter boats that will take two participants each along with a parent or volunteer with each participant. The boats will leave out of Long Beach Harbor and fish together around the Gulfport Harbor area. The boats will return together after 2-3 hours of fishing. Due to safety and behavior concerns, MS Gulf Coast Buddy Sports will selectively invite participants to this event. This event will be from 8 am -noon.
The freshwater fishing event is scheduled for the Harrison County Sheriff's pond on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the County Farm Road Pond, located north of Long Beach, out by the soccer fields and Fair Grounds. This event is open for all youths and adults with special needs. Parents and or volunteers will help the participants fish. All needed supplies and equipment will be provided. Participants may bring their own fishing poles if they so desire. Participants will be allowed to keep most of the fish caught. More specific information on keeping fish caught will be given out on the day of fishing. Please complete a registration form to participate. This event will be from 8am-noon.