PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Charter boat captains based out of the Pass Christian Harbor showed their appreciation to the men and women of the armed forces Saturday with an all expenses paid fishing trip.
In all, the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi had nine anglers from across the Magnolia State participate in the event that was focused on giving back to the veterans with an eye on catching redfish and speckled trout.
Captain Ronnie Daniels, of Fisher Man Guide Service, said the trip began with a dinner on Friday. During the dinner, charter captains got to know the veterans and their families on a personal level. The weekend was capped off with a fishing trip to the Louisiana marsh.
The group featured veterans with injuries sustained while fighting overseas ranging from legs, back, stomach and mental issues due to enemy attacks.
"As a guide, I get to do what I love (fish) every single day," Daniels said. "Any time that I can share that, especially with this group, I am honored to do it. This was great because we (captains) know the sacrifices these folks made for us to give each person our freedom. Hopefully, they had a great time and our way to show them how much we appreciate them for what they have been through. This group, all from Mississippi, were from the Coast to the Tennessee and Mississippi boarder."
One angler on the trip was Randall Jones of Lucedale. Jones, also known as "Big Block," suffered back injuries in Afghanistan and witnessed the death of a close friend.
"We (wounded warriors) really appreciate this," Jones said. "The support we get from the public is awesome. Some may never walk again because of their injures. This trip made everyone feel really good, because these captains cared."
Jones caught a 15 pound redfish using a live shrimp while Ellis Martin of McComb was the top angler after catching two redfish. One of those fish topped 16 pounds and the other weighed near 10 pounds.