Posted June 29 2012 - 09:18 PM
Posted June 29 2012 - 09:27 PM
Posted June 29 2012 - 09:29 PM
As for bait and tackle, get a light spinning rod or spincast combo 4 or 6 pound line is probably ideal but the 10lb stuff that's on most spincast combos will work. Keep it simple, but some nightcrawlers or crickets or get some Gulp crickets or crawlers. Put those on a small aberdeen hook, a size 8 is about right, pinch on a small split shot or two, set it under a small spring bobber not a round one, the pole shaped ones are easier for fish to pull under so they're less likely to let go after they eat the bait. Make it about him catching fish. Take an ultralight and toss a little grub or something if you want to fish but him catching fish should be the most important. Take plenty of snacks and drinks and when he wants to go, go. Don't get frustrated if he gets impatient and don't get mad if he keeps getting tangled or snagged. You want to make sure it's a good experience for him because you're fishing for a big one here, a potential life long fishing partner and a way to connect with your son.
This is what my dad did with me when I was little and to this day if we can't talk about anything else we can always talk about fishing.
Posted June 29 2012 - 09:34 PM
Posted June 29 2012 - 10:34 PM
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Posted June 30 2012 - 12:07 PM
Thank you NoBassPro and a huge thanks to BlueBasser86! your post was just what i was looking for, good on you. one question, you said something about a split shot, will that weight cause the bobber to sink? and just to clarify, i place the split shot right under the bobber? I can't wait to take him out, he always ask when we drive by a pond if we can go fishing, he will be excited. I hope i do make a life long fishing partner with him. Thanks again!
The small split shot should be around 6" above the hook to help keep the worm down. Small split shot shouldn't sink a bobber as long as you are using very small weight and a bobber that isn't tiny. A split shot in BB size should work fine.
A bobber like this is perfect, goes under easy and isn't blown around by the wind as easy.
I would suggest live nightcrawlers but small pieces of Gulp nightcrawlers can work very well also and are a little easier to deal with but are kind of expensive for catching bluegill.
Posted June 30 2012 - 01:21 PM
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Posted June 30 2012 - 03:08 PM
Maybe get a small grub on a jig and put that under the bobber so he can get bit while hes reeling it in.
At 5, he might be a little too young to learn to cast a spinning reel. Maybe just get him one of those push button jobs. They dont last very long but you can teach a kid to use one pretty easily.
Posted June 30 2012 - 04:24 PM
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Posted June 30 2012 - 05:31 PM
The methods above sound about right. My 10, 8, and 4 year old and I all fish for them the same way now. We fish 'bobberless' almost exclusively because the big sunnies in our water seem very shy of a float. We use #8 aberdeen hooks right off the StuffMart shelves, and bait them with just about anything we can find. Lately, we've found that they really seem to like chunks of old, beat up Yamamoto Senkos that I've been keeping in the tackle box.
We bite off a chunk, cast it out, close the bail and wait for the ticks on the rod.
The most fun has been seeing the other things that occasionally come in at the same time - like a couple smaller bass, pickerel, and even a small northern. But, the main attraction has always been the sunnies as they are fun and non-stop once they start feeding.
As noted above, we typically find dropoffs a little way from shore - particularly near some sort of cover like lily pads.
Posted July 01 2012 - 03:58 PM
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