Time to Go Fishing

Spring has arrived here in Georgia, and the weather is getting warmer each week. My son has already beat me to the lake and scored big time. During spring break he caught several largemouth bass and was able to spend some quality time with his grandfather.

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If you’re thinking about a family activity, fishing may be something you want to explore. This outdoor pastime will create many fond memories with your spouse and kids. It does take some patience, but here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Get a copy of your local fishing regulations and understand the laws.
  • Purchase a fishing license (usually does not apply to young kids)
  • Obtain permission to fish on private land, but public fishing spots are abundant.
  • Invest in simple tackle – rod &reel, tackle box, pliers, hooks, weights, bobbers, and a few lures.
  • For kids, use the close-faced spincast reel.
  • A beginner adult should probably start with the spincast or open-faced spinning reel. When more proficient, you may want to graduate to a baitcaster reel.
  • Fish with live bait like worms, crickets or minnows.
    As you get more experienced, move to artificial lures like plastic worms and the Texas Rig
  • Find a place to fish from a bank or a dock. Boats can be expensive, but for a few hundred dollars you can get a nice used fishing kayak or Jon boat.
  • Be prepared to help you kids when fishing: baiting hooks, taking fish off the hook or untangling line. Don’t get upset if you don’t get to do much fishing–there will be plenty of future opportunities.
  • Don’t forget things like bug spray, first aid kit, water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.
  • Secure the fish with a stringer or fish basket.
  • Learn how to clean your fish and cook them. They will make a wonderful feast!
  • Have fun with it and allow your family to have fun too!

    What about you? How are you and your family enjoying the outdoors? Feel free to share any tips that will help families enjoy the outdoors together.

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    6 Responses to Time to Go Fishing

    1. Stacy says:

      Oh, I love to go fishing, too, with my best friend (my hubby). Only I’m not a very good angler. See for yourself, if you are so inclined. 🙂

      http://stacyallbritton.com/2013/04/11/am-i-an-angler-if-i-dont-catch-fish/

      • Thanks for the comment! I don’t think many of us are expert fishermen. Main thing is to get out there and enjoy the outdoors. Keep trying. It’s like life–sometimes opportunities come and some days they don’t. But they will eventually come. Thanks for sharing the article and great pictures.

    2. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this. I love fishing. Have been fishing since I was a little girl. On a dock with a reel in my hand is ultimately the only time I can find true peace within myself. It’s funny (peculiar) how rejuvenated I feel with that first Largemouth catch of each season. Thanks for reminding me that we’re almost there again!

    3. We like to go hiking. Our oldest son and my husband like really challenging ones… the rest of us don’t. So we go on various hikes so that everyone gets a chance to do their kind of wilderness walking.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

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