Seniors, people with disabilities among hundreds fishing at Lake Vesuvius

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) — Thousands of rainbow trout were released into Lake Vesuvius, and some guests got first dibs to try to hook dinner.

While the weather didn’t really cooperate Thursday morning at Lake Vesuvius, it didn’t stop hundreds of folks from trying to reel in their next meal.

For the 17th year in a row, the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event was held at Lake Vesuvius to give people in nursing homes and assisted living, along with kids with physical challenges, a chance to spend the day enjoying what mother nature has to offer.

“I’m fishing for fun,” said Lula Banner, an attendee.

The rods, reels, hooks, and bait were provided for free.

“The look on their face when they’re here. Just being here, they’re happy. They’re out of the nursing home or their care facility, just for that 4 to 6 hours that they get to come here,” said Larry Pernestti of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “They just enjoy that, and if they catch a fish, it’s a bonus on top of that.”

“We’re fishing today. We’ve got hot dogs, and fish and drinks today. And fish some more,” said Andy Marsh, another attendee. “All my friends are out here, too.”

Banner told us this wasn’t her first rodeo and that she’s hoping to catch a few fish.

But even if she does, she say’s she’ll “probably throw [them] back in [the water].”

Rain or shine, all of the folks at Lake Vesuvius made the best out of the day.

They refused to let a little ‘liquid sunshine’ put a damper on their day.

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