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Exceptional Anglers host fishing event for physically, mentally challenged

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A dedication took place Thursday to kick off a special fishing event in Shelby County.

Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham will host the annual Exceptional Anglers event called "Gone Fishin', Not Just Wishin'" May 9 - 11, 2013.

During the event, special needs students from the Shelby and Jefferson county school systems, ages five to 21 with various physical and mental challenges, will be given the opportunity to fish.

Students will also participate in art projects, perform with local musicians, listen to storytellers, and learn aspects of water safety including the proper use of life jackets. Last year's event was canceled due to severe weather.

New to this year's event will be the expanded fishing pier, which provides more than double the available space for the kids to fish.

Students will each receive a keepsake photo of themselves with their catch.

To make the experience a positive one, a small portion of the park's lake will be enclosed and stocked with channel catfish and largemouth bass to make it easier to catch a fish.

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