Fishing in the Dark was created to help military veterans who suffer from PTSD. Our mission is to provide disabled veterans with an opportunity to have an expense free day of bass fishing. We want to spread the message of how having a hobby can positively impact the lives of those with PTSD. We understand that Fishing in the Dark will not be the solution for every veteran, but if we can help prevent one veteran from committing suicide, then all of our work has been worth it. At least 22 veterans a day are giving up on their battle with PTSD. Fishing allows the mind to have something positive to focus on. It can help veterans heal psychologically, emotionally, and even physically. Having an outlet to focus your time and energy on can keep suicidal thoughts and actions at bay. This is why every veteran that goes out with Fishing in the Dark will be provided with fishing equipment to continue fishing on their own time. This kit will include a rod, reel, tackle and a fishing box to store it all in! If a veteran does not know how to fish, they will be provided with simple easy instructions to get them started.
I’m Eddie Soltys and I have been learning how to bass fish since 2016. I served in the Infantry (11B) for four years and deployed to Iraq during my time in the military. I’m a Disabled Veteran and a very competitive person. Fishing was a childhood passion of mine that I never pursued until now. I had a wild hair one night to pick it up full time since the Texas weather is so beautiful year-round and so many lakes are at my disposal. I have been blessed to be a part of a local fishing community with members who have taken me under their wings and taught me a lifetime of knowledge in short time. I owe thanks to many people on this journey but none more than my wife. She drove me to push myself to become the angler I am now. Fishing has opened the door to so many new friendships and a lifetime of memories.