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Family Fishing Part Two

Once the kayaks are unloaded, set up and lifejackets are on it’s time for the casting and catching to begin. I like single hook lures for little folks and the less experienced anglers. Single hook baits like spinners, topwater buzzer, plastic worms and curly tail grubs will catch fish but are also less likely to get hung up, snagged or buried in the seat of someone’s pants or flesh. In the event the hook is in an unlikely place it is easier to free one hook then two sets of trebles. Unhooking your catch, too, is made much simpler rather than the multiple hook lures. Once mastered, the soft plastics are versatile and effective. Smaller lures like ¼ ounce spinners, jigs and undersized plugs often catch more fish, are easier to cast and retrieve. Load the box with the littler lures. Make sure everything your partners’ need is in their box. This gives a sense of independence and ownership but again keeps them out of your stash.

Set yourself up for success by planning your family outings carefully. Often a farm pond or a small lake is a good setting. A place where you walk the bank, slide a kayak in is desirable for a few reasons.

Creek and stream fishing can be accomplished out of small boat or while wading the shallower waters. A different view and new perspective is offered from the various methods. Lots of action and decent stringers of fish can also be the payoff in the small waters. A camera to record the day’s events is a great way to relive each moment. Once casting and fishing skills are mastered lake trips and the go-fast boat can be added to the options. In this case boat safety and handling becomes part of the process that every member of the family can join in and learn. Some of the most valuable life lessons are learned in nature’s classroom. Don’t be surprised if you have more fun than anyone in planning and treating your family to that precious fishing trip and time on the water. I’ll be Tennessean Ya’