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Gone Fishing

We've started a new endeavor with McKayla this year: fishing! We've only gone out a handful of times but she seems to enjoy it. It's nice getting out into nature. No cell phones, no T.V.'s, no gaming systems. Just us, fishing poles and nature.

The first time we attempted it, didn't work so well fishing pole wise. We went to Academy Sports to buy fishing poles, tackle and the like. We let McKayla pick out her fishing pole and she chose a Spongebob one (no real surprise there haha). Once we made it to Harrison Bay and got the lines set with bait, it became quickly apparent that McKayla's rod would NOT reel back in. At. All. We tried and tried. We took it apart to no avail. John said a few choice words about the lack of craftsmanship and McKayla was without her Spongebob fishing pole. :-(

Luckily, McKayla wasn't terribly upset about it, so she and I spent the rest of the time there exploring the riverbank. Occasionally, she'd run over to Daddy and he'd help her fish using his fishing rod but it was clear she needed one more her size.

The water was WAY down

After the Spongebob rod fiasco (and her obvious interest in fishing by herself), we went BACK to Academy and bought another rod. This time it was a smaller version that John could/would use too, so if this ended up being a fluke with her, nothing was wasted.

Once we left there, we headed to Chester Frost.

This time she was actually able to fish! And she enjoyed it! She never caught anything (her cast doesn't exactly go all that far out LOL) but she had a blast nonetheless! She eventually got bored (not all that unusual for a 5 year old LOL) and started running laps along the riverbank, checking out all the cool things you don't find indoors. :-) Daddy managed to catch a fish too. I say "managed" b/c have you ever tried fishing with a LOUD 5 year old nearby? It's not exactly easy. LOL

I think we may have a new fisherman...err, fisherwoman? the family. :-D Even I'VE been bit by the fishing bug and I never really had the patience for it. There's something peaceful about it tho. :-)


  1. I LOVE fishing! It is very peaceful and relaxing. Even as an adult I do sometimes get bored with it so if we go to the Marina I take my bike and camera (well the camera goes everywhere, not just the marina) too. That way I can get some exercise and take pictures of the wildlife. I also prefer the smaller poles. The big long catfish poles that my hubby likes are too heavy. :) Bream (pronounced brim) fishing is fun even though they are too small to keep. It's faster pace action if you find the right spot at the right time of day. They are also usually close to the bank. I find them a lot by boat launch ramps or in places where there is vegetation in the water nearby. So fun! It takes practice though and you have to have a small hook because they are so tiny. Wow all of my comments turn into novels lol. I can't help it though because I love fishing hehe.

    1. I'm not really sure WHAT kind of fish we've gone fishing for, haha, we just follow John and do what he says. :-). I'm ready to go again but John left his poles at his Brother-in-laws house, so we haven't been able to go in awhile :-(.

    2. Hehehe you will learn them as you start fishing more. You can always take pictures and post them on here. I can tell the difference between catfish, bream, shad, bass, etc. but not the different varieties. My husband knows them all!! He can tell us hehe. That's too bad about the poles. I hope you get to go visit again soon so you can get them. :)

    3. I think it'd take forever before I learned all their names LOL John is pretty good at knowing them but I learn better by seeing and since we haven't caught anything the last few times we've gone, it's kinda hard to learn LOL


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