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Taking Kids Fishing
Larry Whiteley
Getting kids hooked on fishing is a gift of immeasurable value.
Larry Whiteley

The best gift you can ever give a kid -- yours or someone else's -- is to get them hooked on fishing. The skills, conservation lessons, and appreciation for the outdoors that they will receive will last them a lifetime.

Be sure and try to match the fishing equipment to the size of the child using it so they are more comfortable handling it. Take them after easy-to-catch fish like panfish, bullhead catfish, or stocked trout.

Make sure the fishing hole is just a short drive away and don't spend all your time fishing either. Go skip rocks, catch a crayfish, get dirty, get wet, have fun. Kids aren't so much into catching big fish or a lot of fish but they do like having fun. Oh yeah, keep plenty of snacks and drinks handy too. Fishing is a gift of immeasurable value.

Larry Whiteley is host of the award-winning Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio



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