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Catching Dreams Charters, Inc. a 501c3 not for profit, provides fishing adventures for children and young adults battling cancer! We create meaningful moments and memories on the waters of Western New York by “turning wishing into fishing”! Free fishing charters are provided to patients and families. Our “Dream Team” of certified Coast Guard Captains and guides offer the highest level of professionalism, safety, and ability. These special opportunities allow kids who are battling cancer to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives, find respite from the challenges of cancer treatment and spend time learning and enjoying a new activity.




Fishing therapy is an accepted psychosocial therapy for pediatric oncology patients. Our fishing trips arefun and educational for kids battling cancer or adjusting to life after treatment. We try our hardest toteach kids how to fish and catch fish. We cannot always guarantee lots of fish, but we do guarantee lots of fun and enjoyment.

The following FAQs provide a good orientation for you and the family prior to your trip.

No – we teach and fish on each charter.

No – all gear and bait are supplied. 

No – all trips are free of charge! 

Most trips are four to five hours depending on the child! 

Yes – most trips are Monday through Friday. We encourage weekday trips due to recreational weekend boat traffic on the water. We have never had a parent not take their kid out of school for fishing therapy.

Yes – summer hours allow for late afternoon/evening trips. 

All trips are three person trips.

Yes – many kids enjoy fishing more than once.

We fish Lakes Erie and Ontario, the Upper and Lower Niagara River, and
various Finger Lakes.

Most trips are from May to September, but we will fish fall and winter depending on weather.

Yes – we teach fishing techniques, fish identification and local ecology.

A lot depends on the time of year and where we fish, but we regularly catch smallmouth bass, walleye, and various types of trout and salmon.

Yes – all Captains are fully licensed and insured. We require Liability Waivers to be signed before each trip.

The age range is usually between 4 and 21 with the average age being 8, and we have both male and female participants each year.

Those 16 years and older need a NYS fishing license. They are available on-line with the NYDEC for a one day or seasonal license.

We provide all life jackets and those under 12 years old are required to wear life jackets.

Please bring whatever snacks and beverages you prefer. Water is available on the boat.

Dress to the weather of the day. Hats, light jackets, and sneakers are encouraged. Bring sunglasses and suntan lotion. We have medical kits on board. Its usually a little cooler on the water than on land.

Yes, depending on the species. We like to practice catch and release fishing.

Pictures are encouraged!

All boats are sanitized. We had only one cancellation due to Covid 19 in three years.

Call Captain Ned for a fishing date. Once booked, the Captain will call afew days in advance to discuss time and place to meet and fish. 

Denise Rokitka, MD, MPH is a pediatric oncologist in the Roswell Park/Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders program. Dr Rokitka’s specialized area of care is in the Long term complications of childhood cancer, promoting ongoing health and wellness for pediatric cancer survivors. Over the past 15 years, in addition to treating patients in the Pediatric Survivorship clinic, she has acted as the Clinical Director of the Young Adult and Oncofertility program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Rokitka serves on the board as a medical advisor.  A Buffalo native, Dr. Rokitka lives with her husband and three boys in the Southtowns.  The family enjoys traveling and fishing in exotic locations.   

Ned Librock is the President and Founder of Catching Dreams Charters, Inc. 

Ned is a United States Coast Guard licensed charter boat Captain and a licensed New York State fishing guide. He is a retired Western New York business executive with careers as President of Dynabrade, Inc. in Clarence, New York, the leading manufacturer of abrasive power tools, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Columbus McKinnon, a publicly traded global manufacturer of lifting equipment headquartered in Amherst, New York.

Ned received his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State and his master’s degree from University at Buffalo. He is a trained Cultural Anthropologist with a specialty in economic anthropology.

Ned currently serves on two boards within the Industrial community and has extensive experience serving on not-for-profit boards with various community and industry associations.

Ned lives in Pendleton, New York and is married to Sharon and has two children and five grandkids.