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Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy

Walter Michot
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Miami Herald

The trip begins with a high-speed ride on a black flats boat, deep into the wilderness of Sawgrass Recreational Park in Weston. The captain picks a spot, anchors and then digs into one of the boat’s many hidden compartments to select the bait, settling on two “wacky worms.”

The two fishermen set up the fishing rods, crack a few jokes and talk about strategy — “When you feel him tug that line a couple times, point your rod right at him and hit him, hit him good.” They begin casting, looking for bass and anything else that might bite.

The trip is one of many that Neal Stark, 52, takes with military veterans out on the water, allowing nature to serve as a form of recreational therapy for those returning home from war.

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com, and hear the therapeutic fishing experience below:

Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald
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Miami Herald
Neal Stark and Rudy Watt, right, enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014.

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