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Kid’s Day by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
September 16, 2009, 3:47 pm
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I spent some time yesterday helping with a field day for some Omaha school kids.  There were a couple of bus loads of kids that came over to Louisville State Recreation Area where they spent some time hiking, discovering what lives in the water and of course, fishing.  We really could have used some extra bodies to help all the kids bait hooks, cast lines, land and unhook fish, so I thought this would be a great way to mention our youth fishing program and fishing instructor program, http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/fishing/programs/aquaticEd/aquaticed.asp#youth .  I would encourage anyone reading my blog to check out the fishing instructor program and sign up for one of the fishing instructor certification classes.  We need more folks helping kids and other beginners learn how to fish!  Please get involved.

Last night my wife had a Pampered Chef party to go to so I asked the kids, especially my youngest, what they wanted to do.  We discussed several options, but settled on an evening fishing trip.  Honestly, I should not call my kids “kids” anymore as Daniel is 20 and Emily will soon be 12!  They both have been fishing for a long time and I am a lucky Dad that they would want to “Go Fish” on a Tuesday evening.

Emily with a big bluegill.

Emily with a big bluegill.

Daniel with one from a few years ago.

Daniel with one from a few years ago.

Let me mention some of my strategies for taking the “kids” fishing, strategies we have used for years and last night. 

First of all, young kids do not care how big the fish are, they just want to catch something.  The local pond with a bunch of small sunfish is fine.  With that in mind, tailor your fishing techniques for those small fish.  I believe one of the biggest mistakes folks make when fishing with children is using floats/bobbers that are too big!  A 6-inch bluegill will barely move a 6-inch bobber.  My favorite presentation for the kids is a small bobber with a 1/32 oz. or smaller jighead suspended underneath the bobber.  For bait, you can use pieces of nightcrawler on the jig, but I have learned that wax-worms are NOT just an ice-fishing bait!  In fact, I use wax-worms year-round for a variety of species of fish.  With small bobbers it is a lot easier to detect bites and hook fish, and with small jigheads fish rarely swallow the bait which makes removing hooks A LOT easier.

When you take the kids fishing, do not plan to fish yourself.  Devote your attention to helping the kids learn how to fish and to helping them catch fish.  Let them have fun!  Take along plenty of snacks and drinks and if they want to take a break from fishing, let them–have a snack, go play in the grass, explore the shallows for tadpoles and “bugs”, study tracks on the shoreline.  Let them be kids and you might be surprised the creativity that will blossom as they spend time in the great outdoors.  You might be surprised at what you learn about nature and yourselves.

My kids are old enough now that I pretty much just turn them loose.  I did a little fishing last night, but mostly just sat back and watched.  I  only helped Emily when she needed it (Daniel is way beyond help, HA).  I did one thing last night, I put out a line for catfish and told Emily to go fish for bluegills, but if we got a bite on the “catfish line” she had to take care of that rod too.  At dark we finally got a bite and Emily got her big catfish!

The "kids" with Emily's 30-inch channel cat.

The "kids" with Emily's 30-inch channel cat.

Had to include this, the fish squirmed and someone got his hand crunched.  Look at the look on their faces (the red eyes are a nice touch to this photo).

Had to include this, the fish squirmed and someone got his hand crunched. Look at the look on their faces (the red eyes are a nice touch to this photo).

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GREAT JOB, DAD!

Oh, and nice “kitty”!

Comment by Harold F.




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