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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:13 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adults and children with disabilities enjoyed a day of fishing on the Suncoast Wednesday.

The group Suncoast Charities for Children hosted the “Friendliest Catch" outing, where dozens of adults and children with special needs were treated to a day on the water.

Captains and law enforcement officials volunteered their time to take the group out on Sarasota Bay for a catch and release fishing tournament.

Pam Henley's son is on the trip and says it's a great experience. “They don't get a lot of opportunities like this, and to have this outing…he looks forward to it all year long, to get to go fishing with other kids and adults. It's really amazing for them.”

The organizations participating in this year's tournament were Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Sarasota County Special Olympics, and Loveland Center.

And after hours of fishing, the group was also being treated to lunch.

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