How To Catch A Fish – A Simple Technique Even A Kid Can Use

My parents thought maybe it was time for some heavier equipment. I was presented with a brand new, in-the-box Zebco 33 rod and reel combo, the 1964 edition, which even came with a small tackle box and some gear. I felt I had become a man that day (little did I know what else life had in store for me). Your childs first fishing combo could be like that first kiss, the prom, losing your vir…oh, well, you get the picture. I can’t remember who

I kissed first, but I can describe every detail of my first rod and reel. So take your time and select good gear. Avoid the cheesy “Batman and Robin” rods and reels. You know, the ones at Wal-Mart that look like lunch boxes with line attached. Get them a real, name-brand set-up. Stick to the spincasting reels, as they are very easy to use, and almost fool-proof. Don’t get one too light. Stick to medium actions so they can catch everything from bluegills to large catfish.

Explain to them that when they are older, then they can have a house full of rods and reels (like the rest of us), but right now, this is all they need.

Now it’s time to show them how to cast, go after bass and catfish, and maybe try their hand at lures. Start them off on jigs. Jigs catch everything that swims, are easy to use, and don’t have enough hooks on them to be very dangerous.

Introduce them to boats, and begin teaching them water safety, navigation, and how to find bass and catfish.  This will occupy them for many years to come.

After they have become proficient with this gear, now you can introduce them to
ultralite rods, finese fishing, and trout, walleye, and salt-water. They are ready to go. And then, you can introduce them to the ultimate fishing experience of all….FLY FISHING and fly tying.

When you teach a child to fish, you have made an investment in the future.

Happy fishing!

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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