Everyday Hero: Woman takes foster children fishing

By Bill Murphy, Everyday Hero Host
Last Updated: Monday, November 21, 2016, 1:33 PM EST

On a beautiful Clearwater Beach afternoon, Everyday Hero host Bill Murphy boarded a Double Eagle II to meet some great youngsters.

The plan: spend the day fishing.

Three years ago Misty Wells took a foster child fishing, and the effect on the child was so remarkable she co-founded the non-profit A Reel Future.

To date more than 1,000 kids in group foster care have gone fishing.  With the engines humming and the wind blowing, Wells talked about these days at sea.

“It never gets old to see the look on their face, how excited they are, the sense of accomplishment,” Wells said.  “It could be the smallest fish in the world, but to them it’s the biggest.”

The age range for these fishing adventures is from about six to 18.  Usually the group is about eight to 10 kids.

But for a special December holiday trip with Bucs great Mike Alstott that number will be up to 60 youngsters.

“The thing I love about fishing, especially with these kids with A Reel Future, is that they’re all successful at it,” Wells said.  “They don’t have to be the fastest or the best or the most popular. Because we’ve never had a trip where they’re not catching fish.”

Before we head in Captain Chad does a little on the job training.

And group photo time.

Another great day on the water for all of us.

“There’s so many children that are in foster care, and whether it’s fishing or donating your time or anything like that, it’s really important for all of us as a community to help these kids out,” Wells said.