Waco: Local angler donates fishing gear to middle school

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) One Central Texan with a passion for fishing shared his love of the sport with local middle school students by donating fishing rods and reels to the students.

Keith Miller started picking up rusted fishing rods and reels at local garage sales for twenty five to fifty cents a piece. He then took them home and refurbished them to where they were ready for action once again.

Since he started collecting, Miller has acquired more than 40 fishing poles which he has brought back to working condition.

Today, he presented the refurbished fishing equipment to sixth through eighth grade students at Indian Spring Middle School in Waco ISD.

"All of these fishing poles had memories when I bought them but now, the rods and reels are making new memories," Miller said.

The students got to walk down the the Brazos river, which runs adjacent to campus, and test out their new equipment with the help of Miller and students from Baylor's Outdoor Recreation Department.

Baylor Outdoor Recreation partners with the middle school to introduce students in the after school program to outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, kayaking and cycling.

Many students had never fished before but with the help of Miller and other volunteers, many of them were able to catch fish within just a few minutes.

Each child who participated got to take home the fishing rod and reel they fished with today.