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Smiles All Around: Steve Cobb’s NWTF Catfishing Event Round-Up

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June 26, 2014
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NWTF Catfish Event
NWTF Catfishing Event

On May 16, 2014 I was invited to participate in a catfish round-up for the special needs children in schools from Union, Chester and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Piedmont Chapter of NWTF. (Go to NWTF.org and learn how to put one of these events on in your area.)

The Union High School fishing team participated in this event by baiting hooks, casting rods and removing fish. There were also a number of volunteers from the SCDNR, The U.S. Forest Service and various churches around the county. Each volunteer pretty much had a one-on-one visit all morning with one of these students. 

Man, did they catch fish. The fish were stocked in the pond by the city of Union for a JAKES/Public Safety Day, which would take place on May 17. Therefore, these participants found a pond full of hungry fish and would release them as soon as they were caught. 

I have never seen so many rods get tangled or broken in my life. A tent was set for rod repair, and man, was it utilized. This was the third year for this event, and some of the school teachers said on the first day of school these children asked what day the fishing field trip would be on.  

All morning long, I watched some of the best smiles I have ever seen in my life. This may be the only day this whole year some of these kids get a chance to fish. All the volunteers told me they got more out of fishing with these kids than the kids did. I truly am here to say that’s the truth. I enjoyed helping these kids fish more than catching fish myself. Please, if you ever get a chance to attend one of these events, do not hesitate: It will be a day you will never forget.

by Steve Cobb

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Home: Union, South Carolina
Family:
(wife) Becky, (son) Michael
Hobbies:
hunt, fish and play sports
Rifle / Bow:
Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle loader, Crossbow and Bow

Hunting Stuff

Years Hunting: Been hunting 37 years
Favorite Technique:
Run and gun wild turkeys and still hunt whitetail deer
Hunting Strength:
Being patient in the woods. I let things happen as they normally would
Favorite Game to Hunt: Turkey
Favorite Hunting Gear:
Redhead clothing in Realtree AP always
Favorite Places to Hunt
:
South Carolina but make a trip to hunt whitetails in Ohio every fall
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey season
Favorite Time to Hunt: Daylight until around lunch time
Favorite Way to Hunt: Deer would be early morning in a climbing stand watching the sun come up. Wild Turkey would be early morning, hear him gobble, get close as you can the set-up.

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: I have killed several eastern turkeys with spurs 1 1/2 inches long. Those were pretty old turkeys for South Carolina.
Greatest Hunting Achievement: Taking handicapped individuals hunting.
Favorite Hunting Moment: I would have been with my son when he killed his first deer.

  • 7 Time South Carolina State Turkey Calling Champion
  • 75+ Calling competitions – won or placed
  • Very active with NWTF JAKES events, Women in the outdoors and Wheel-In sportsman evens
  • Currently on NWTF State Board in South Carolina
  • Speaker for numerous NWTF diamond life events all over the country

 

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