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Hooked On Heroes organizes great day of fishing with veterans

The biggest catch of the day was caught by Mr. Gessler, center, with a 26” trout and a 25” redfish.
-Courtesy Photo by Simply Steinhatchee

By Tami Stevenson

It was a great day for Hooked On Heroes participants as sixty-five boats and 130 veterans converged on April 6, at the Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee for a day of fishing, swapping stories and good old fashioned camaraderie. Founders Ron and Carolyn Cadle were thankful for good weather and smooth ‘sailing’ as their first fishing event of the year was a great success. Many of the veterans brought home a good catch. The Hooked On Heroes Facebook page is full of photos and comments from grateful veterans and their families as this event is completely funded by Hooked On Heroes and volunteers. The event is totally free for veterans.

The Cadles wanted to extend a special thank you to Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John, along with his team, who drove all the way from Live Oak to serve chicken and rice dinners to the veterans after a long day of fishing.

“One person I would also like to recognize is Ivan Rowell. He is one great person. He has supplied our donuts from Johnsons bakery for our veterans ever since our first event with Hooked on Heroes. It is a blessing to have such a person to help support our cause,” stated Ron Cadle. A special thank you also goes out to the dozens of other volunteers and many donors who make the event possible.

Among the many social media posts about the event, Charlie Gonzalez said the veterans he works with at the Jenkins Domiciliary in Lake City look forward to these trips all year long and spend months talking about it afterwards.

The biggest catch of the day was caught by Mr. Gessler with a 26” trout and a 25” redfish.

Their next event is planned for October 5, 2019. Ron and Carolyn Cadle are already busy attending local events to help fund this next event. They are always looking for more boats and more veterans. Donations of any kind are always welcome. Visit their Facebook page or call 386-364-9589 for more information.

The Jolly Roger loaded and ready to go.  -Courtesy Photo by Simply Steinhatchee

Advent Christian Village bus brings veterans to Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee for a day of fishing and fun. Founder Ron Cadle (red hat) greets them as they get off the bus.
-Courtesy Photo by Simply Steinhatchee

Howard Goldstein caught and released this redfish to fight another day. -Courtesy Photo by Howard Goldstein

More happy Veterans showing off their catch. -Courtesy Photo Randy Howard