I have to admit that I am a real “softie” when it comes to kids and fishing. Maybe it’s my memories of my first fishing experience. Maybe it’s just that in today’s complex, hustle bustle world fishing not only provides a getaway, but more importantly a diversion from some less desirable options that tempt kids every day. 60 years ago we didn’t have computers, cell phone, social media, or texting. Our diversions were more likely to be baseball, tree climbing, games of tag, chores, and the like.
Now I’m not saying that all of our modern day devices and diversions are bad. Far from it. They’re great and I am convinced that our knowledge and overall intelligence have benefited greatly from today’s technology. But with so much “stuff” there just doesn’t seem like there’s time for kids to just be kids. In my mind fishing addresses this.
Think about it. Basically fishing really hasn’t changed that much since about the 1950’s. OK, tackle is far better and there are now lots and lots of species and habitat specific techniques that we didn’t have before, but putting a worm on a hook is the same. So is casting a plug or spoon or throwing a jig and minnow toward a drop off. You may now be able to “see” the fish on some color monitor while at the same time knowing the water temp, wind speed, etc. But, fishing is still fishing when you boil it down to the basics. And if a kid doesn’t know the basics then all the fancy gear and electronics won’t help much.
And teaching kids the basics is what is so much fun. First, it brings us back to the basics as well. No distractions of LED monitors or alarms or whatever. Nope, it’s simply getting that worm on the hook or tying a plug on the end of a line. But to kids it can be the beginning of a life of fishing enjoyment, a bonding with nature, an appreciation of the great outdoors, and a new way to look at and see this amazingly wonderful world.
This week a great friend and customer came in the store and excitedly told me about how his 9 year old son had enthusiastically fished with him for three full days. He was as happy as a man could be knowing that his son had embraced fishing in such a way that cell phones, video games, and other distractions had been subordinated to being in a boat with his Dad. Surly that will be a time my friend (and his son) will remember for the rest of their lives.
Another friend brought his 7 year old son by the store a day later. They were getting ready for an afternoon of fishing and Dad suggested to his son that he should pick out what baits and lures he wanted to use. This little guy’s face lit up like a Christmas tree and soon he was inspecting row after row of various fishing lures, jigs, plastics, and the like. Within about 20 minutes he had two hands full of baits and the biggest smile on his face you can imagine. Dad paid for his stash, I gave him a big hug and wished him “bon chance”. No report on his and his Dad’s success, but I suspect that’s secondary at best.
The weather is getting better now, so if you can take a kid fishing. I can assure you it will be one of the most rewarding things you will do this Spring. Plus, you will have started that young boy or girl on a lifetime of fun and enjoyment.
This week we have some great news about Normark Products (Rapala, VMC, and Trigger X). We have greatly increased our stock both in depth as well as variety. Check out the details above. We’re also offering a $10 ALFC Gift Card with the purchase of any Shimano Crucial Rod. Great rods and now a great deal.
After waiting almost 6 months we now have the Limited Edition Daiwa T3 Ballistic Low Profile Casting Reels in stock (while supplies last). Great reels and very, very limited. Be sure to take a look at these! There’s lots more in this edition including the Crazy Deal on Shimano Symetre Spinning Reels. We just found several hundred, so don’t miss this one.
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful friendship and patronage. We always enjoying helping you with your fishing needs and hope we always exceed your expectations!