My son and I went on a Trip to NW Arkansas (Eureka Springs) for a family reunion. We stayed at Lake Leatherwood. I had an Uncle that told me he had hired a Striper Guide for Beaver our second day and asked us to join as there was room for 5, no brainer count us in. A few days before we left the guide stated he only wanted to take 3 out. How do you tell an 8 year old who's geared up to go, we ain't going at the last second.
So I found a guide who said he would take us and it should be great fishing for the boy, he was pumped! We met with the guide who was a great guy and worked really hard for us. We ended up the day with 1 bite! That hurt, my Uncle's boat only caught two small ones, that was hard to swallow. Luckily we were staying at a lake so he could fish all he wanted.
That afternoon he bought some worms and caught lots of Bluegill and was happy. The next day we took the kayak to the Kings River and did a 5 mile trip looking for good Smallmouth. We caught fish, no trophies. I saw some fish up to 4#'s in the really clear water. My son caught one Smallie about a pound and as I went to take a picture it flopped out of his hands. It was a nice float and I learned a lot for next time. We went back to the lake and B headed down to the dock, I went to the cabin for a nap.
An hour later I headed down to check on him and he said a Big Bass tried to eat a Bluegill he was reeling in, but it missed and ate another that swam up to his worm and he was going to eat it. A few minutes later he caught a Bluegill and left it on the hook and floated it over some grass in a boat slip. A couple minutes later a Bass attacked that bluegill and his rod was bent! He reeled it up and I lipped her and took pictures and released her. That was the highlight of the trip and no matter how much we spent in guide fees, it was all worth it for the both of us.
He caught so many panfish. I went out on the lake in my yak and caught fish up to 3.5#'s and broke off one good fish. The water was super clear and choked full with hydrilla, but I figured them out after awhile, wacky worm worked fast over the grass. I can't wait for our next trip!