Fishing as healing

  • Rudy Watt, left, and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park, fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. Rudy caught the first fish. He is a veteran with PTSD and the fishing trips are part of his recreational therapy. He goes on fishing and scuba diving trips with other veterans, but has formed one of his closest bonds with Stark, a hair dresser and a competitive angler. Photos by WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt, right, and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. This is the first fish being brought in. Watt, a veteran who deals with PTSD, is being rehabilitated through recreational therapy. He goes on fishing and scuba diving trips with other veterans, but has formed one of his closest bonds with Stark, a hair dresser and a competitive angler. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Neal Stark, left, and Rudy Watt, right, enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. Neal takes the hook out of the bass. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt holds up a catch on a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. This is one of the many lures that they used. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. This is Rudy's reel. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt enjoys a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt catches a large mouth bass on a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An alligator sits along the banks of the Sawgrass Recreational Park in Weston. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rudy Watt, left, and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park fishing for large mouth Bass, Tuesday, April 9, 2014. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF