Fishing’s Future is an angling education organization focused on bringing families closer together by teaching them and the world how to fish. Fishing’s Future started in 2007, and in 2018 it educated its 1,000,000th participant. In 2022, Fishing’s Future introduced its newest initiative, called the “ICAN” initiative. The “ICAN” is a 26-foot tritoon boat specifically designed to accommodate individuals with mobility disabilities and get them out on the water fishing.
On June 6, 2022, the “ICAN” was launched from South Padre Island, Texas, into the pristine water of the Laguna Madre Bay for its maiden voyage and became an instant success within the disabled community.
“An adventure abord the ‘ICAN’ leaves lasting memories for those families who have experienced the joys found in fishing and spending time on the water,” said Shane Wilson, founder and CEO of Fishing’s Future. “But we would not have been able to provide this wonderful vessel without the help from industry giants like Yamaha Rightwaters, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and AFTCO … and local support from the South Padre Island Economic Development Corp.”
Yamaha Rightwaters donated a new 175-horsepower engine, while AFTCO and Academy Sports + Outdoors have provided both financial and product support. The city of South Padre Island, Texas, issued a proclamation that it is the “Special Needs Sportfishing Capitol of Texas,” and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent an official Texas state recognition to Fishing’s Future for “the important role Fishing’s Future plays in the disability community.”
Fishing’s Future believes that all families, regardless of age, gender, religion, disability, ethnicity, political affiliation, or economic status, should have an opportunity to learn how to fish and experience the joys of fishing and spending time on the water.