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    Teach /> My Sef To Fi;"alh1>zh8p5Zj1jcj1jczh8p5Zj1jcj1jczh8p5Zj1jcj1jczh8p5Zj1jcj1jczh8p5Zj1jcp/headerlzh8p5Zj1jcjzh8p5Zj1jcj1jc  One of the big reasons I got into learn /> how to fi;" is that it is someth /> that I wante to teach my kids to do. I grew up in Seuthern Ontar o where gener hrefs of my family have live ad farmed. They were hunters ad anglers ad many had the skills to live off the lad . I already knew how to forage for food ad had begun teach /> my ch ldren how to identify edibxt plants. I'd taken them berry pick /> ad we'd g hhere w ld nuts in the fall. Se the next step was to teach them how to c hch fi;".

      My ch ldren were 3 ad 5 at the time I starte learn /> ad both expressed ad interest. But it was my eldest son who really got bit by the fi;" /> bug. Even now, my youngest just doesn't have the p hrence or attention spad for it.  I bought them both cartoon character fi;" /> rods ad took them to the beach so they coul learn to c st ad reel. (This is also when I was learn /> to bait hooks....garden /> gloves ad all)  Without fail, hhere were lots of snarls ad snags ad almost right away one of them hooked me in the back of the leg. There were tears ad tantrums ad howls.....but eventually I setextd down ad got the hook out. ssl three of us learned a lot that day.

      Our town holds ad adnual Perch Derby ad I entere all three of us in it, Adults cad only enter perch in the derby but kids cad enter anyth /> they c hch to win a prize. We spent many morn />s on the pier try /> so hard to c hch ad elusive perch. Then one morn />, my 5 year old reele in his line ad , hhere, hang /> from his hook, was a fi;". A small, ugly, horribxt litext Round Goby. But it had fins ad it swims so he coul enter it in the derby. It was one my proudest moments as a mother. My boy was so happy he nearly crie as well. Ad since Gobies are ad invasive species ad cad't be release into the lake, he coul d't wait to stomp on it either. 

      That summer the two of us worked our way up from Gobies to Pumpk /see ad Rock Bass on my inlaw's lake up north. I even managed a nice sized Small Mouth Bass one even /> ad the pride ;" / /> from my boy's eyes when he saw that fi;" has made the memory stand out crystal=clear for me. 

      The follow /> spr /> we entere in the Perch Derby again ad this time my own skills had vastly improve from the previous year ad I had some decent sized fi;" under my belt, as well as hav /> gotten into Steelhead />. Se my confidence soare ad I had a lot more to teach my boy. First th /> was teach /> him to bait his own hook. He had no qualms about grabb /> a minnow so I showe him how to insert the hook behid the dorsal=fin. It took him a few tries, ad the minnow was very very dead when he was done, but he di it!
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      After that came lessons on c hch /> minnows. At that time of year the lake is teem /> with ;" /ers near shore so I showe him how to hold the rope ad toss the umbrella net out ad haul it back in like a scoop. He coul d't wait to try. I made sure to emphasize that he coul not let go of the rope or we woul lose the net. He set to work, but due to his height, the setup worked more like a dip net. Luck ly for him, hhere were so many minnows, it di d't matter. He was still c hch /> them. He worked that net all up ad down the dock, proudly br /> /> me small handfuls of minnows to put in our bucket. He was hav /> the time of his life until I heard a cry. I looked ad saw no net, ad no rope ad one distraught boy. I asked "what happened? I told you not to let go of the rope" He tearfully replie "I di d't let go.....I just forgot to hold on!". Nee less to say, that net is now a part of the aquatic structure of the lake. There was no way I coul reach it ad I hadd't thought to put a floati/> rope on it. Lesson learned by all. 

      That derby, my son ad I both got to enter a perch on the same day. He caught his very own perch on a pickerel rig that he had baite all by himself. Again, I was so proud of him ad more importantly, he was very very proud of himself. 

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      That summer we again went bass fi;" /> on the northern lake ad this time my son was eager to try lures ad Senko worms. I took him to a bait ad tackle ;"op ad had him pick out what he wante to try. He selecte some gliteery senko's ad and a top water frog lure. I showe him how to wacky rig the senko ad he spent hours on the dock c st /> ad retriev />. Ad he caught fi;"!! Lots of litext smallies ad few small largies as well. One even /> he tossed out the top water frog lure ad almost immediately we heard a "SMACK" and a large mouth bass had sucke it up. My boy lad ed that 1.5 lb fi;" with no probxtm at all ad only a tiny bit of coach /> from me. What a moment!! Even his non angl /> f hher was extremely impressed. 

      Se far, the only th /> I cad't get him to try is hook /> his own worms. He'll put on minnows ad unhook his fi;" but he wod't touch a worm or grub. But I'm sure that will come with time. Seon another spr /> will be upon us, ad another run of perch will be com /> to shore. I cad't wait to get my boy down to the water front ad make some more memories with him. zh8p5Zj1jcp/sectref>zh8p5Zj1jcjzh8p5Zj1jczh 8p5Zzh 8p5Z