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Fishing Sports and Leisure… I remember my first fish

               Review for 3 best Fishing poles for kids                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remember the feeling the first time you reeled in your first fish? I sure do. Feeling it fight the anxiety of getting it to the shore before it got off the hook. Oh the memories.

There was nothing like going fishing at the lake or in the river with my dad or one of my uncles. I grew up in a family of hunters and fishermen and was taught at a pretty young age how to fish and yes, I had to put on my own bait.

Trying to get them squirmy little worms on the hook was a task all its own, but the adventure of digging it out of the Styrofoam bowl from the bait shop or out of the old coffee can was part of the experience.

I recall several times helping my dad get our own bait, He would water down the ground really good , wait until night fall then grab the old coffee can full of dirt and a flashlight and go Nightcrawler hunting. Wow! Them suckers were huge. Or at least they were when I was seven. If you have never done this I suggest giving it a try at least once. See being the tomboy that I was grabbing them big ole slimy brown nightcrawlers was part of the fun.

No one can teach you how to catch a fish really that is pretty much up to you and well the fish. We were taught the basics like how to cast, how to reel it in, setting the drag, How to get it off the hook and of course how to set up our rods.

By the age of ten I was not only putting on my own bait, I was setting up my own rig. Us kids always had our own fishing poles and all our own tackle. We even had our own Creels. And I tell ya what strapping that thing over my shoulder, my tacklebox in one hand, my pole in the other. I felt so grownup going on my fishing adventures.

You would think the hardest part would have been setting everything up. Nope the hardest part for me was being patient, well that and being quiet. Waiting for that fish to take my bait, hoping and praying for the BIG ONE!

I have caught some pretty big ones in my day but nothing I would actually call the BIG ONE. You know the one we all know is out there but can never seem to catch. Although my mom at one time caught a record size brown trout out of a river in Northern California she got put in the paper and everything. That was a pretty proud moment for her. I have fished for Trout, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, and Bass. Now I have had fun with the fight of reeling in each and ever fish I have ever caught, but I don’t think I have even had as much fun as I did one time when I caught a 9 inch Channel Catfish. I tell ya what them suckers can put up a fight!

Now most of the time we would fish from the shore or off the bridge, but my grandfather and my uncle loved to fly fish. Not a technique I was ever able to get a grasp on. But watching my grandfather and uncle as a kid whip that line in and out of the

water like it was a yoyo just mesmerized me. on a few occasions I even recall seeing the fish actually jump out of the water to snag the fly. Absolutely amazing thing to see! as I type this and recall these childhood memories I can actually see them standing in the water with their waders on and the line snapping back and fourth. I was always so fascinated with the flies also. So shinny and flashy.

But honestly the best memories I have of fishing are sitting on the river bank with my dad Patiently trying to catch dinner or breakfast for the next day. Me in my old holey jeans ‘that had worm gunk and mud all over them’  and a tee shirt with my flip flops. Him in his jeans with his old cowboy boots and usually a western style shirt with the sleeves rolled up and his pack of Marlboro cigarettes and his lifesavers in his pocket.

I think having to be patient and sit quietly while fishing is what gave me a great appreciation for the sounds of nature.

Types of fishing.

Now there are many types of fishing like.

Angling- This is your basic bait fishing with a hook and sinker. Usually in a lake, river, or creek.

Big Game fishing- This is usually done from a boat and in the ocean.

Fly fishing- a Type of angling but with no sinker and using a special hook called a fly. Usually done in rivers or larger creeks.

Trolling- this is usually done in a smaller boat with a trolling motor. But it is also called trolling when you slowly reel your line in from on shore.

Trawling- Not to be confused with trolling but it sometimes is. Trawling is done in a boat with a net dragging not a pole.

People fish for many reason. Some fish for food, others for sport and then you have your commercial fishermen these are the guys that catch the fish you buy in stores and restaurant.

My family fished for for sport and food. We always ate what we didn’t throw back.

There are so many joys in fishing and fishing can create some great memories I know it did for me. I will always cherish the time spent on the shores fishing with my family.

No matter how you fish, what you fish for or where you fish. Keep on fishin!


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3 Replies to “Fishing Sports and Leisure… I remember my first fish”

  1. I loved reading you reminiscing and sharing your experience of fishing and baiting the hooks. My husband loves fishing and on every holiday, he would be looking for the best place to go fishing. Whether this was fishing off the rocks into the ocean, or fly fishing in a local river or dam, he was always keen to find the best spots for fishing. 

    And we always ate what he would bring home, although we often had to go shopping for dinner if he didn’t get the big one. Kids love fishing and get so excited when they have a little nibble on the hook. Fishing is a great day to spend the day. Tight lines!

    1. I love fishing and absolutely ;oved writing this post. Many of my most wonderful childhood memories are of fishing with my dad or one of my uncles. Taught me patients for sure. 

  2. Wow! 

    this story is really captivating educative and entertaining. The author really had a wonderful childhood experience and reading through his account I could literarily picture him flipping the hook sitted by his father and patiently waiting for the BIG CATCH. 

    Although I have little interest on fishing for recreation, but I might try it out and most especially the fly- fishing style. I love this article and would love to read more from the author. thanks for a wonderful job done.

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