Teach a kid to fish
There is so much more to fishing than catching fish! As a boy, I and two school friends began riding our bikes to the local ponds in 7th grade. We had...
There is so much more to fishing than catching fish! As a boy, I and two school friends began riding our bikes to the local ponds in 7th grade. We had many adventures both at the lake, the rides to tackle shops all over the south land, some taking us 3 or 4 hours each way on bike. But we had a blast, stopping at drainage ditches and rail road tracks to explore. At Kmart for an .88 cent submarine sandwich and an iccee. Lock up our bikes and go into tackle shops and drool over the rods, reels and tackle. Find arcades on route. Fish ponds as far as 15 miles or so from home, meet new kids, hear stories of their travels. We learned when to fight, when to run, how to use a Thomas guide. Then it lead to used book stores and building the ultimate fishing library of secret fishing bait recopies, and rigs. To field and stream (TAP'S TPS) by H.G. Tappley, R.I.P. To the classifieds in the back and to mail order tackle from twin lakes, netcaft, bass pro, cabelas, etc. Making money orders for the tackle, waiting for it in the mail week after week. We learned much of what young men need to learn to be a man in those days. I realize today's world does not allow most of this but a man can still, take his kid to buy a rod and reel, a few lures, hooks weights, bobbers etc and teach him to use it. To set up the rod, take care of it, maintain it, re spool it, learn lure retrieval speeds and technique. How to remove the hook from the fish, clean the fish. How to treat others he will encounter while fishing. To determine if a guy is one who can be engaged in conversation or to stay clear. How to talk to girls as they walk past and ask questions. So many things involved in the simple act of GOING FISHING!