Friday, May 16, 2008

Take A Youngster Fishing

Just wanted to post this article, to make us aware that there are youngsters who really love to
fish, but don't get to go fishing at all or as much as they would like. Every fisherman, pro or amatuer
should set aside a day here and there to "take a youngster fishing. It promises an enjoyable day
where a father and a son or daughter, or even a mother and son or daughter, or maybe even the
whole family can just enjoy a day of bonding.

When you take a kid fishing, be prepared for one thing: communication. It's a great opportunity to listen and communicate with your youngster, and it will be an experience you'll both treasure for a lifetime. It's a chance to talk about nature, his or her school, their friends, things they like or dislike plus its building a foundation that will keep that youngster focused on this great American sport for many years to come. Make it the most pleasurable outing you can imagine for the youngster.

When you plan that first trip for a youngster, it's very important to make it a short, but exciting adventure. A child's span of attention can be fleeting, so make it only a two or three hour outing . . . long enough to catch some fish, but not long enough for the child to become bored.. Usually a morning trip is preferable. The fish bite better and the kids have more fun. Try to pick a sunny day with moderate temperatures . . . and don't forget to take along some sunscreen!

Never take a youngster fishing without somemunchies and something to drink. Something about being outdoors seems to increase young appetites.

For youngsters learning about fishing, the most important thing to show them is ACTION! They don't care what type fish they catch, or how big they are. They just want fish, lots of 'em. I was the same way, and my dad helped kindle that fishing fire that still burns bright today by getting me into a pond jammed with sunfish at the bright-eyed age of 8 yrs old.

Through fishing, a youngster is taught about fair play and sportsmanship. He learns about "fair chase" of fish, about fishing laws, and what is sporting about the use of hook-and-line and what is not. He understands why undersize fish should be released. And when he makes the decision to release one that is not undersize, his chest will swell and the pride will show that he has played fair, caught the fish and won, and still found a greater victory by setting the fish free to fight another day.

Through angling, a kid quickly learns the beauty and simplicity of the out-of-doors. He'll see and hear things while fishing that no one can vicariously experience by watching a Disney nature program on television. While astream or afloat he may hear bobwhite quail whistling in the spring, listen to Canada geese singing high overhead as they head south for the winter, or watch in awe as a beaver swims a creek or a deer nuzzles her new-born fawn.

Some fishing clubs, particularly bass clubs, hold fishing tournaments for kids. The club members' hearts are in the right place. But kids are taught to take competition seriously— and that has no place in recreational angling. There are no losers or winners in sport fishing, and youngsters should not be taught there are. The attitude should be instilled in kids that if other people aren't catching fish, the anglers who are should show the ones who are not how and where to catch fish, too. Fishing should be fun— plain and simple— without the tension and fear of not winning something as meaningless as a tournament trophy.

So again set a side a day here and there to take a youngster fishing , and remember to enjoy,you
and a youngster , "The Great Outdoors" See you and your youngster out there. Keep it safe!

Take about 5 minutes and watch this video , You will love It!

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