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Old August 9th, 2017, 09:31 AM #1
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Looking for Simple Fishing Primer

So I told my kids that I would take them fishing this week. They are interested and old enough, 15, 13, and 9 that it should be fruitful.

The problem is I really haven't really been fishing since I was about 10 and that was mainly on the ocean. I have been trying to read up on it but once the options start being thrown out my head starts to spin.

I bought a couple of beginner spinner rods. Can someone give me a simple entry to fishing lesson, explain a simple entry to fishing option and possibly a good place around Catonsville.

We have done Lost Lake in the Avalon area previously. I thought I knew how to fish before we went out and found out very quickly I did not remember much of anything other than how to watch fish eat the bait off the hooks.

It was not as simple as I remembered.

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grab some swivels, lead shot sinkers, and some #8 and #6 hooks and bobbers. I'd buy just the regular eagle claw packages and that way all you gotta do is open the pack, open the swivel, and attach and close. Take them to any pond (sorry I can't be more helpful on Catonsville locations) and let them catch all the sunfish they can on nightcrawlers.

Position the bobber about 4 inches above the swivel (depending on shore depth) and just relax.
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Even a cane pole can be an enjoyable fishing outing.

$9.99 Zebco with a red and white bobber and two split shots on the line.

Where are my Depends?!?!






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My best advice is to not try to fish yourself. I used to try that but taking care of my kids snarled lines is a full time job. If you just accept you will not fish yourself, you will have a much better time

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+1 on sunfish / bluegill

small hooks or they will just bite off your bait.

I personally preferred grubs and small hooks. Heck cheese and bread smashed together on a hook is what I used as a kid.

if you don't like to handle wiggly fish, bring some needle nose pliers to hold hooks, turn over and dump fish off hook.

Hand sanitizer if where you fish has geese. I don't l like pond fishing where geese poop.

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grab some swivels, lead shot sinkers, and some #8 and #6 hooks and bobbers. I'd buy just the regular eagle claw packages and that way all you gotta do is open the pack, open the swivel, and attach and close. Take them to any pond (sorry I can't be more helpful on Catonsville locations) and let them catch all the sunfish they can on nightcrawlers.

Position the bobber about 4 inches above the swivel (depending on shore depth) and just relax.
Swivels - that is a good one.

Forgive the dumb questions, but:

A pond was where we watched the fish - I think they were sunfish/bluegill pick the bait off the hook repeatedly without a bite on the hook.

Why did they not bite the hook? Possibly need a smaller hook? With a smaller hook, do you cut the nightcrawler.

Last time we used hot dogs and the fish loved them - just not the hooks.

What do you do with the sunfish? Catch and release them?


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Even a cane pole can be an enjoyable fishing outing.

$9.99 Zebco with a red and white bobber and two split shots on the line.

Where are my Depends?!?!




Yes, trying to keep it simple but I realized that simple is even confusing for me.


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My brst advice is to not try to fish yourself. I used to try that but taking care of my kids snarled lines is a full time job. If you just accept you will not fish yourself, you will have a much better time
This is a good one as well. When we went last time, I was running in circles and driving myself crazy. This time, I will not even bring a pole.

So other than poles, hooks, swivels, sinkers and bobbers - anything else needed?

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If you are looking for a place to fish, try Patapsco State Parks Avalon area. There are actually several of the parks area's near you. I know Avalon has a small pond to fish at and also the river. Its right there off Washington Blvd and 195.
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Hopefully catch, definitely release.


Take:

One rod/reel/line for each person.
Bait, anything small.
Weight and bobber.
Gloves.
Hat and sunglasses.


Do:

Tell the kids that fishing is about not getting snake bit or falling in. Don't tell them it's really about patience, self-discipline and discovery.

Good to invite a buddy that's not as rusty for your first outing, but certain you'll have fun either way. Please report back after mission complete.


Know:

Skim this thread: https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=195727
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Swivels - that is a good one.

Forgive the dumb questions, but:

A pond was where we watched the fish - I think they were sunfish/bluegill pick the bait off the hook repeatedly without a bite on the hook.

Why did they not bite the hook? Possibly need a smaller hook? With a smaller hook, do you cut the nightcrawler.

Last time we used hot dogs and the fish loved them - just not the hooks.

What do you do with the sunfish? Catch and release them?




Yes, trying to keep it simple but I realized that simple is even confusing for me.




This is a good one as well. When we went last time, I was running in circles and driving myself crazy. This time, I will not even bring a pole.

So other than poles, hooks, swivels, sinkers and bobbers - anything else needed?

I enjoy displaying my ignorance openly.

Yes, definitely cut night crawlers to your hook size, or bluegill will just yank them off the hook and you'll be feeding them by the pound. Thread your cut piece of night crawler around the hook from the hook eye to the barb. You'll want hook size 8 or 10, and preferably in a bait holder configuration. The barbs on the hook shank will help from having the bait stolen.
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Hopefully catch, definitely release.


Take:

One rod/reel/line for each person.
Bait, anything small.
Weight and bobber.
Gloves.
Hat and sunglasses.


Do:

Tell the kids that fishing is about not getting snake bit or falling in. Don't tell them it's really about patience, self-discipline and discovery.

Good to invite a buddy that's not as rusty for your first outing, but certain you'll have fun either way. Please report back after mission complete.


Know:

Skim this thread: https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=195727
Thanks - I was looking for that thread but could not find it.

Great information!
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