Los Fresnos students prepare for Hooked For Life event

LOS FRESNOS — Carmen Cargill, 17, a junior at Los Fresnos High School, said he has been fishing his whole life and dreams of opening a wildlife ranch.

He knows how to assemble a fishing rod, bait it and how to take a fish off the hook, too.

Cargill’s skills were put to good use this past week when he and more than 180 students at Los Fresnos High School dutifully assembled 1,500 fishing rods in anticipation of the annual Hooked for Life Kids Gone Fish’n event that took place yesterday at the Brownsville Events Center.

“I really like doing this. Whenever I have a chance I go fishing, so I don’t mind working on my knots and going through the rigs,” Cargill said.

Cesar Mendez, a Hooked For Life board member, said his brother, David Mendez, who died from cancer in 2014, originally founded the event to benefit local children who couldn’t afford to buy fishing rods.

“As my brother David would say, we want children to trade their XBoxes for tackle boxes. Fishing is family friendly, and every child should have the opportunity to participate, they are our future,” Cesar Mendez said.

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