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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 20:44

Take Kids Fishing Programs Across the United States and Some Tips

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have noticed that throughout the fishing world it is peek season for the Take your Kids Fishing Programs.  There seem to be a plethora of different events and programs throughout the United States geared and stocked to get the fishing world to grab a child and get them outdoors.  We could not be happier and more supportive of any program that involves special things to get them out and teach them about the great outdoors.  All of us hunters and fisherman/woman remember our childhood and our times with friends and family in the great outdoors.  These programs have either done some extra stocking of rivers and lakes or have set up some fun filled events surrounding fishing and the great outdoors.  We hope that many of our readers will look into the different programs in their local area and take advantage of these events to help train and educate the next generation about the great outdoors.  If you find any great events in your area post them to the events section in the caughtem gallery or tell us about yours in the comment section below.  Most of all post your monster catches with your kids to the Caughtem Gallery and brag about your adventure.  Here are just a few of the tips if you happen to be taking advantage of these great programs.

Tips for Fishing with Kids

Avoid the kid’s stuff

An ultra-light spinning or spin casting rod and reel combo is usually easier for kids to use.

Small hooks = big catches

Avoid hooks larger than size 10 (hook sizes run backwards—size 12 is smaller than size 10). Fish won’t readily take large hooks unless they are feeding voraciously.

Most of the time, a subtle presentation is needed to catch wary fish.Tiny hooks also allow small fish to “inhale” the bait, rather than nibble at the hook. If a fish swallows the hook and you want to return it to the water, simply cut the line as close to the hook as possible and release the fish.

Lighten up your line

Light line will do the job, preferably 6-pound test line or less.Unless you’re targeting monster catfish or marauding muskies, light line is your best bet.

Bag the big bobbers

Bobbers (or floats) are used to suspend your bait in the water and alert you when to set the hooks. The harder the bobber is to pullunder, the harder it will be to hook a fish. Small floats will help convince the fish to take your tasty bait and run. “Slip” bobbers workwell for kids. Slip bobber rigs cut down on the amount of line needed at the end of the rod and are easier to cast. Small ice fishing bobbers can provide a light touch any time of year.

Sink it with shot

Sinkers help get your line down to the fish. They can also create“zero buoyancy.” Ideally, you want your bobber to just barely float onthe top of the water. Squeeze small BB-sized split shot sinkers onto your line one at a time until your bobber nearly sinks from the weight.Since there is very little resistance when the fish takes the bait, it is more likely to bite the bait and run.

Great big gobs of worms won’t do

There’s no need to use whole whopping-big, writhing night crawlers on your hook. Keep the bait approximately the size of your hook. Livebait such as worms, bee moths or crickets work best. Cut the bait to fit your hook.