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New to Fishing #13980308 04/30/21 03:08 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm a mom to a 4 year old little girl and she asked me to take her fishing. I have never in my life been fishing. My grandpa took my boy cousins fishing but never us girls. I always wanted to learn. So now that my daughter is asking, I think nows a good time to figure it out. I've done some research and its far more complicated than I initially thought. so many things to learn, (and buy), which is quite exciting and daunting.

First and foremost I just want to make sure we are safe. Neither of us can swim. We had an incident in a pond a couple years ago where she got too close and got sucked in by the mud and her head just went under before I could grab her.

I want to take her to a creek where it's shallow and we can wade. not too worried about getting any big fish to start anway.

Another concern I have is snakes. I understand from some of my reading that copperheads are prevelant around brushy creek, Which is where I wanted to take her. Neither of us really have boots and I was thinking we might be barefoot in the water anyway, or if its too cold we can fish from the bank.

Any adivce. I feel fully out of my element and very nervous...but I already got the fishing license and a bunch of gear, so I'm pretty commited.

Re: New to Fishing [Re: Jenn4anne] #13981859 05/01/21 06:24 PM
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First of all welcome to the TFF! Glad to have you on board. thumb


If you have no experience at all fishing, you would need to at least know the basics. How to use a rod/reel, casting, tying a hook on your line, weights and sinkers to use. The basics go on. I would look into using a crappie guide and explain to him you want a learning trip for you and your 4 year old daughter. He can teach you the basics and hopefully can help you and your daughter catch a few fish. 4 year old's loose interest fast. Keep it simple. By learning the basics you can go out on your own with your daughter. I would look for city parks that have ponds. You can usually catch sunfish easily in them using the basics in tackle. The parks are usually safe and are easy to get around in. There are also playgrounds there in case your daughter starts getting bored with fishing. Again keep it simple and have fun weather it's fishing or playing in a park playground. The main thing you are enjoying the outdoors. Hope this helps out some. Best of luck and make some Lifetime Memories! thumb


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Re: New to Fishing [Re: banker-always fishing] #13983359 05/03/21 11:33 AM
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Thank you so much! I'm excited to get started!

Re: New to Fishing [Re: Jenn4anne] #13984434 05/04/21 12:37 AM
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Good luck I really hope you enjoy fishing. It is a great hobby to get kids into. I am a sophomore in high school right now and have become obsessed with bass fishing. It's practically all I think about.

Do you know what species of fish you are after?

If you are just trying to get her to catch some fish, bluegill are a great place to start. They are easy to catch with minimal experience and equipment. Also good for young kids. Some small worms should do the trick. I'd recommend going to a local pond since they usually have plenty of fish and lots of room to fish. Ponds usually have bass, catfish, and bluegill. Keep an eye out for snakes, I almost stepped on one the other day, it scared me bad. Ponds hopefully won't have as many snakes as those bushy creeks, but the creeks could be fun as well.

As far as skill goes, casting is the main thing to learn. I'm assuming you bought either a spinning setup or a push button, both are very easy to learn.

I hope you all catch some! Some great memories to be had. thumb

Let us know if you all catch anything! Good luck.

Re: New to Fishing [Re: Jenn4anne] #13989269 05/07/21 04:22 PM
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A good place to start is the big C store at 35 & 170, you can get some supplies and they have a stocked pond in the parking lot.
You need to get your supplies, basic stuff, Rod & Reel Combo, (least expensive) line is already on the reel, a hook, a float (bobber) and worms, Basic.
City parks are good also but very slim chance to catch a fish at 75% of them, they are local so they get fished by others.
There are tons of small shops to get your supplies also, once you start looking for them they will pop up, otherwise they blend in.
Small places are usually very helpful and good people.
Just ask, there are plenty of people to pass on their knowledge to help your learning curve.
Remember its called fishing, not catching! Have fun spending time outdoors.
It is awesome she asked you to take her fishing.
Good Luck

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