Long Beach Breeze

November 20, 2019 6 Long Beach and Gulfport Harbors. The twelve boats and twenty-five participants spent two hours catching fiorty fish that were released, unless the fisherman elected to keep their catch and clean them to eat later at home. Domino’s provided pizza for lunch, and commem- orative t-shirts were given out for attendees. Captains and boats includ- ed: Scott Simpson, Impulsive Charters; Barry Deschamp, 9 Ball Char- ters; Chris Allenbau, Dailey Charters; Micah Sanders, Fishing Frenzy Charters; Jeremy McHugh, Still Water Charters; Conner Knight, Spot Hunter Fishing; Jarrett Wiltbank, Southern Shores Guide Service; Bill Hancock, Reel Outlaw Char- The sun hadn’t broken the hori- zon enough to identify the indi- viduals gathered in the shadows that emanated from the structures at the Long Beach Harbor Fishing Pier. When they were queried as to “Where are the Buddy Balls?” they responded, “Today, we are all Buddy Balls.” Eventually, their efforts indicated this was to be the staging area for the Buddy Sports Offshore Fishing Event. The term “Buddy Balls” was previously used when the group engaged in softball games. Buddy Sports provided the char- ter boats, Captains and equipment for every “special needs” partic- ipant and a “Buddy.” Participants and fishing buddies arrived at the Long Beach Harbor under Ree- nie’s Southern Kitchen restaurant by the harbor, the big tall building closest to the boat launch. Sea Tow provided life vests, and all oth- er equipment, including rods and reels, were distributed by Buddy Sports from donations. The fish- ing hole was located between the By Fred Weller LB Buddy Sports holds offshore fishing event ters; Mark Taylor, personal boat; and Nathan Boddie, personal boat. Participants and Buddies included: Tyler and Terry Price, Nic and Rick Chaffee, Stephen and Scot Jones, Ken and Kenneth Frye, Damien Kiker (Dae Dae) and Walter Crapps, Dakota Hanson and Buddy Aiden Lock, William and Michel and Jay Scully, Wyatt and Jeffrey Frye, Trae and Cary Henderson, Drake Parker andMike Taylor, Caiden Johnson and David Lee, Ethan McGee and William Burrell, Tucker and Matt Ward, Brennan Davis and Grace Dar- row, Caleb and Richard Gon- zalez , Matt Gill and Jeramie Kelly, Greg and Greg Lefort Sr., Kennedi Flowers and Ceara Ladner, Chance and Crystal Blissett, Colton Blissett and Lee Pierich, Kyle Lewis and Nathan Boddie, and Jeremiah Pace and George Boddie. MS Gulf Coast Buddy Sports is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity organization that pro- vides recreational sports and leisure opportunities for youths and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A freshwater pond fishing event is planned later in November. An additional saltwater pier/harbor fishing event will be offered in the spring and all are called “Fishing with Buddies.” For more information about MS Gulf Coast Buddy Sports, call Mike Crawford at 228-860-9055, Charlie Smith at 228- 861-3280, Mike Taylor at 228-596-1214 or Keith Clark at 402-203-2644. Photos by Fred Weller