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Learning from Family and Friends
When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy. He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good ones, too. One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the day.
We started catching perch and panfish immediately and when I hooked a great largemouth (it was about 4-5 pounds, huge by my teenage standards), my buddy grabbed the net. I pulled the fish to him, it was at his feet, and it turned to swim away. My pal took that net and went after him, and scooped it by the tail. Half of the fish was in the bag, the other half was on the rim. One flip of the tail and the fish rocketed out of the net and into the air and broke the line. I’d have swatted him but I could tell he felt far worse than me. The next time we fished together we both made sure to net fish head-first.
That’s one of my favorite parts of learning from family and friends. Some of it is instructional, like learning to cast, to tie knots, or learning how to rig. A mentor fast tracks our learning process by leaps and bounds, so when we get to the water we know how to find fish, what approach to take, and what to do along the way. The fun part comes when we take that knowledge and apply it ourselves. When we do, the result is my pal trying to land a fish tail-first, and it’s a memory we joke about even to this day.
This season, spend some time learning something from a family member or a friend. If you know more than they do then teach them something. Sharing our experience is part of what makes fishing fun, and the more we do the more fun we have.
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