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Taking Children on Their First Fishing Trip!

SourceFew memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling. You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, but it helps to have a good game plan in place. After all, you may be introducing your children to a lifelong hobby, and you want to get started on the right foot.   Good Gear for Kids Adult anglers often enjoy using the most complicated and nuanced tackle and presentations possible in pursuit of their quarry, but this is obviously not a good idea for youngsters. When fishing with kids, simplicity is the name of the game. This means that it is best to use cane poles or spinning reels instead of bait-casting gear or other complicated systems. You should probably start young children out by fishing with a bobber and live bait, instead of lures, which is more likely to become snagged on the bottom, and will take some skill to cast and retrieve properly. Additionally, kids will often appreciate being able to see their float bounce and bob around in the water, rather than trying to use a submersible lure, which requires them to feel and interpret the location of the bait. To fish this way, you’ll need A pole strung with lightweight (4- to 8-pound-test will suffice) fishing line. To this, you’ll need to attach a float or bobber, with a small hook (#8 to #12) tied to the end of the line. A live bait of your choice can then be threaded on the hook. Sometimes, you may need to attach a bit of split shot to the line between the bobber...

Live Bait Fresh Water Fishing Tips

Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different.   Freshwater fishing can be done on every continent across the globe.  If you enjoy fishing from a boat you’ll enjoy freshwater fishing. As long as the body of water is big enough and it’s allowed you can take a boat out on it. So, lets get started on some tips to think about before getting started.  When fishing in a freshwater lake or pond you’ll want to get a map of that body of water.  This will let you know what and where the different depths of the lake or pond are. Along with that it may also show you locations of sunken man-made fish piles are.  Use a slip bobber, it is a common and easy way to setup when fishing in freshwater.  A slip bobber is basically a bobber with a hollow hole going through it. This allows you to tie a knot and a stopper above the bobber.   The knot allows you to decide where on your line the bobber stops, thus allowing you set any depth you want without have to sacrifice casting quality. The best types of live bait to use in freshwater are worms, minnows, wax worms and shiners.   Ultimately you’ll want to use whatever live bait is best for the species of fish you’re trying to catch. Some other types of live bait that are also used are leeches, frogs and other odd ball type bait. Keep your hands clean.    Fish have a good sense of smell and any foreign scent on your bait can turn them off. The majority of freshwater fish species have specific water temperature and weather that they prefer.   You’ll want to research the specific fish you’re trying to catch to...

Fishing in Florida

Bass fishing is one of my favorite hobbies. Waking up early to be on the water by safe light, running across the water to get to my spot , and casting my line in just as the sun breaks. That's what I call the perfect day. What do I like to fish for? Large Mouth Bass! Florida has some of the best lakes to catch large mouth bass. Florida's current large mouth bass on record of 17 pounds, 4 ounces set July 1986. In 2008, an 18 pound, 8 ounce bass caught in Florida exceeded the record but was never certified by an FWC biologist. There are many different bass species, here are just a few with pictures.   Large Mouth Bass (my personal favorite) grow to impressive sizes, World record: 22 lbs 4 oz FL State Record: 17 lbs 4 oz (also unofficial 20 lbs 1 oz)       Red Eyed Bass , a bass species primarily occurring in Alabama and Georgia, , this species is rare is not usually considered a resident fish. World record: 8 lbs 12 oz FL State Record: 7 lbs 13 oz .       Spotted Bass is widely distributed in the eastern regions of the United States, ranging northward to Ohio and westward to Texas. World record: 9 lbs 8 oz FL State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz     Shoal bass represent a low density species of black bass and are closely related to the redeye bass. World record: 7 lbs 8 oz FL State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz Well, I hope this has helped some of you on seeing the difference in catching bass. Send us some of your pictures and see if they end up on our website for everyone to enjoy.      ...