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never know when something is going to happen in your life that will cause you to step back and re-evaluate what your priorities are. Something that makes you question what you could be do- ing to make a difference in other people’s lives. That moment came for me in 2009 when I discovered Fishin Mission Adven- tures, a bass shing guide service with a humanitarian twist. While in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on a family vacation, I had asked a Mexican friend, Francisco about where to do a little bass shing. He advised me assuredly to go to Agua Milpa, a lake I had not heard of before. I soon went online to do some research on the lake, and about ten pages deep into my Agua Milpa web search, I found the website for Fishin Mission Ad- ventures. What got my attention was that 25% of each trip package cost is donated to Casa de Niños, the local orphanage that cares for orphaned, abused and abandoned

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You never know when something is going to happen in your life that will cause you to step back and re-evaluate what your priorities are. Something that makes you question what you could be doing to make a difference in other people’s lives.

children. Okay, they had gotten my attention. I emailed them to nd out a little more. What I found out amazed and inspired me. In 2006 Dave and Bar- bara Sanders closed their building design business, sold their home in Oregon and moved to Mexico. They used the proceeds from selling their home to start a new business that had two goals. First, to produce a steady source of nancial support for Casa de Niños, which has an unsteady, donation- based income) and two, to provide a retreat that can be a place of learning and fun for the children, well-de- served rest and relaxation for the Casa staff and natu- ral healing for all. For these two goals, Fishin Mission Adventures was founded, fueled by Dave Sanders’ love for and skill in bass shing. In 2007, the Sand- ers acquired 2-1/2 acres of lakeside property. They imported three 19’ Caro- lina Skiffs with 75hp Mer- cury 4-stroke engines. They built docks, a 30’ thatch-roofed palapa with a full kitchen, restroom fa- cilities, a tool shed with genera- tor as well as solar power and brought in satellite television. Fishin Mission Adventures was open for business! While I was reading every- thing I could get my hands on about the phenomenal shing at Agua Milpa, I couldn’t stop thinking that I needed to do something to help get Dave and Barbara’s story out. That’s when I decided to contact Ryan White and Phil Clark of True Bass Television. I pitched them on the idea of lming a show in Mexico with Fishin Mission Adventures. After talking it over with James Sim- mons of Simz Productions they jumped at the opportunity to help. Now I just needed a couple of pro anglers to star in the show, and some nancial sponsors.

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