The saying goes "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Perhaps my most rewarding guide experience come when I teach somehow to just fish. This feeling of pure awesomeness is double when it is passed on to a child.
Many of my clients come to me and say "my kid wants to fish." These fisherman are either brand new themselves or just have never gone.
There is two ways these trips work either both the parent and child go on the adventure or just the parent comes and they "Teach a man to fish."
Tom called me and wanted to be able to take his kids out an teach them himself. So he and I when float fishing for bass and bluegills. OK ok I will be honest my plan was crappie but they where not in on my glorious plans.
We used basic tackle and started from the beginning, how to hold the reel and how to cast. Then we talked about the different life baits; what they are used for and how they should be presented. We then moved onto floats and their differences and uses. After that it was shotting and hooks. What size how deep etc.
We went to a pond in my old neighborhood where i grew up. We set our rods up and learned quickly the crappie where either not around or were just negative. The little yellow spotted traitors!!
Soon enough floats started disappearing and the bass and gills came in a hurry. We caught fish on worms, minnows, and waxies. The gills were just beautiful. They were big, fat, and pretty.
There was a 3 foot spot next to some weeds where Tom must have caught 15 gills. It was like the fish version of a clown car. We even caught the same fish twice!
We traded stories and got to know one another. It was a really fun morning. When our time was up we took a pic, traded info, and said farewell.
A few weeks letter I received a very cool thank you email. Tom said how much fun he had and that he took his son to a local park and they both caught some bass and blue gills. He also attached some pics. I have to tell you that just makes me feel awesome. To see knowledge of something you are passionate about shared like that is the absolute best!
If you are looking for a new local adventure or you children are asking to go fishing please give me a call we will have a blast!!