Joe Quinn was born with a developmental disability. His sister Susan approached the group to see if it would accept Joe, and it did.
He turned out to be a great addition to the fishing group and actually caught the biggest bass this year: 6 lbs. 13 oz.!
The Fishers of Men surprised Joe at the ceremony in more ways than one.
"It just warms my heart," says Susan.
"He just doesn't slow down," says Rob Catlett, president of Fishers of Men. "He's like a machine out there!"
Members of the bass group helped Quinn realize he could tackle anything.
"There's not a lot of opportunity for inclusion to the extent that he has experienced here," adds Susan.
"That 7-pounder tries to rip the rod out of Joe's hand and it's putting him all over the place," says Catlett. "And we're right up against the dock, and I reach down on my belly and find that fishes mouth and just flipped it in the boat and 9 months later, we still can't wipe the smile off Joe's face!"
"It's done a lot for him," says Susan, "It's given him a social aspect to his life that would be missing."
Quinn is an inspiration to the whole group. And for someone who was given an obstacle to overcome in life, he's shown others that no matter what cards you're dealt, you can make a difference.
"I'm very happy!" adds Joe, who has been with the group about ten years. They meet once a month and have a tournament once a month.