Whatever It Takes

I love to take my daughter fishing. But she only likes to go… sometimes.

She has both spincast and spinning reels, which she can cast accurately. Already, she is confident landing and handling several fish species.  And she loves to be near water. But, fishing is just not her thing. Yet.

So, when she does decide to go fishing with us, I do what I can to keep it fun for her:

If she wants to play with the bait... Fine.

If she only wants to cast pink lures… We can do that.

If she wants to release every fish… Youbetcha.

Another way to keep her interested is to involve her with the lure decision making process. My daughter loves to accessorize. Sometimes it is choosing the right necklace for the occasion. Other times it is the selection of socks, which don’t match. We do that with her fishing lures too.

Various soft baits tip a spinner bait. If the skirt falls off, bare spinner baits can come to life again when tipped with a small grub tail.

Bead color selection for Carolina rigs. These popular largemouth bass rigs have a bead between the sinker and swivel.

Recently at ICAST, I learned about SkinBait for extra crankbait versatility. These reusable, waterproof stickers can dramatically change the look of those old, forgotten crankbaits at the bottom of the tacklebox. Maybe this makes the lures better match the forage for the lake. Or maybe just by believing in the lure again, you cast it just a little longer. Either way, my daughter can select from the designs and apply the stickers herself. And that one extra cast can make all the difference for a successful fishing trip. 

Finally, if my daughter ASKS to go fishing or boating, I drop everything and WE GO. We may not even fish. Our last outing was catching crayfish and skipping rocks. And we had a blast. Whatever it takes.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.