GORDON, Ala. (WTVY) - It's Joe Phillips favorite time of the year, fishing with the angels at his pond in Gordon.
"If somebody comes out here and doesn’t get something out of this, then there is something wrong with them,” said Phillips.
He invites children with special needs from Dothan City, Houston and Henry County schools to spend the day fishing. Phillips prepares for this event all year.
"I put 600 10-12 inch catfish and bream in February. They probably weigh about two pounds now."
Once the fish are caught, they’re cleaned and sold. But Phillips will tell you, it's about the enjoyment these angels get just out of casting their rods. And of course it's a great opportunity for these guys to make some new friends and learn a new skill.
"They need more things like this in the community for special needs children."
"A lot of these kids have never been fishing. It's a good skill for them to learn,” said teacher Ashley Roberts.
“They’re also learning some good social skills and experience something they might not be able to do on a regular basis,” said teacher Alyssa Dyer. “They’re getting to meet new people and make new friends.”
Phillips says the fish usually sell out within a week. You can contact him if you are interested at (334) 522-3670.