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Get Your Kids Outside and Teach Them To Fish

Get Your Kids Outside and Teach Them To Fish

Alright, you are busy and fishing would require tracts of time off your busy schedule. But which would you rather want? A stressful day with a prospect or a stress-free day with your kid? Time off with kids is something most parents miss nowadays. Parents always argue that they are busy working so that they can provide for their kids. Really now-would a few hours on the lake hurt?  Here is some help teaching your kids to fish.

Fishing, especially with your child could prove to be a very relaxing and fulfilling activity. Imagine seeing that smile on your child’s face when you give him his first fishing rod. As anticipation on that first fishing trip builds up, memories or your fishing travails with your dad come back: riding at the back of Dad’s old truck and incessantly looking at your bait, even counting them is simply an awesome experience. And now that you are wearing your dad’s shoes, what can you impart to your boy?

Here are just some of those lessons:

1. Teaches them love for nature

When you were a kid, you always looked forward to swims on the lake, hikes on trails, and bonfires at night. Alas, kids now are stuck on their computers for hours on end, hardly having the sunshine on them. Teaching your kids to fish can definitely take their mind off their computer games (and the white light). You just might be surprised of your kid’s reaction to the sport.

2. Opens lines of communication

When was the last time you really talked with your kid? Was it during the last reprimand? Or was it too far away that you totally forgot when? Your child is not a mere receptacle of do’s and don’ts. For him to really appreciate your role as a father, you must maintain open lines of communication. A father-son relationship should be borne out of respect for each other’s feelings. Listen to what your boy has to say and he will definitely return the favor.

3. Help your child develop good values

Like all other sports, there is such a thing as fishing etiquette. One must respect another’s turf and not crowd him. Be wary of other boats as you pass: you also wouldn’t want to be disturbed while waiting for your fish to hook. Never be too greedy to share bait: you can never tell when you may have to ask others for it. Watch what you do. The lake or river is the fish home. Do not throw trash or pour out gas which might otherwise jeopardize their environment.

4. Teach your child patience

Your child may wait hours on end for his fish to bite. Or the fish might just get the bait but not get hooked. When you see that frustration is setting in, remind your child that fishing requires patience and you may not always be successful on all your trips. Fishing is a sport your kid may like that is not only healthy as it takes him off the electronic glare of the computer, it also makes the child physically, socially and emotionally seccure.

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The Basics of Ice Fishing

The Basics of Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is the ultimate tough man’s sport. Let’s not be kidding ourselves! How many people out there would even consider to dare the elements and go out on to a thin, dangerous and slippery surface, where a frost bite or even frigid death awaits them, literally few inches under their feet? But the rush you get when you reel in your mystery catch through that hole you drilled in the ice; wouldn’t you say that it more than makes up for the tough times on the ice?

We will give you the 5 Basics of Ice Fishing, to get you that rush… plentiful and safely!

Time on Ice

Just plainly put, the more time you can spend on the ice, the more fish you catch. So better prepare yourself for that long haul on the icy surface of you local lake or pool. Choose heat-retaining, water-resistant multiple layers of clothing for comfort. The outer layer should be especially tough; it’s your first defence against the cold and water. Use water-resistant and heat-retaining, gloves and snow pants to keep you warm through the wait. Give special care while you choose the boots too. You can lose a lot of your body heat if you are not properly insulated or your boot isn’t waterproof.

Build your own house on the ice

It’s easier than you think; you don’t have to rent the ol’ wood shack anymore. There are dome-shaped or hexagonal self-erect polythene structures that you can carry around with ease and set up around you in a matter of seconds. When you are planning to spend the long hours on the ice, this could definitely be your home away from home, especially if you have a portable heater with you.

Jigging It

Give a thought to the fish lures you are going to setup in your ice fishing trip. Use one or multiple “tip-ups” on your winter fishing trip, because the normal summer gear just won’t be enough. The tie-ups are vertical, free-standing rods that you set into the ice. When the fish bites, a flag is deployed at the top alerting you about the catch. Make sure that the trigger mechanism is sensitive but not so sensitive as to be activated by wind or slight movement in the water. There are magnetic pop-ups that are great for ice fishing. Choose the length of your rods according to space you have inside the shelters you have set up.

The Power of Power Augers

Unless you are willing to put yourself through some real strenuous workout, you might want to use a power auger. There are new gas-powered power augers that can easily cut through several feet of ice; there are the more modern electric augers that are equally powerful. They are lighter and less noisy than the gas-powered ones and you can forget about the asphyxiating fumes.

Safety, Safety, Safety…

You can’t put too much importance on your safety while you are out there over icy depths. General rule of thumb is that the surface is strong if it’s clear or blue-black in colour and gives off a glare. You shouldn’t step on ice that’s lesser than 3 inches thick if you are alone or lesser than 4 inches if you are in a group. Use a spud bar to check the thickness of ice in front of you while you walk. If you have a Safety Pick around your neck then you can use it as an anchor on the ice to help pick yourself out of the water if you fall through the ice. Make sure you have all the safety gear before you head out on to the ice. And ice fishing is always more fun and safer in groups.

Rush for the Rush

Use the best of what modern technology can give you to make your ice fishing trip more productive. These equipments become a part of you while you are out there. You might just catch a few extra pikes if you do things just the right way. And stay safe on the white stuff.

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