Fishing with small Fry produces trophy size lessons

Fishing with small Fry produces trophy size lessons
By Wolfgang Lohrer


There’s always something to learn while fishing with small fry. Take my six year old sister, Natasha, for example.  Last year, she stood at the edge of a small lake, trying to catch whatever she could.

She reeled in her line furiously when she felt the light tug of a bluegill. “It feels like a mouse tugging at some cheese,” she giggled.  As the fish came close to shore a huge largemouth bass swallowed her little bluegill. It tugged and broke the two pound test no problem.

Every time we came back to the lake she’s quietly mutter to herself about how she wanted to get that fish and cook it up and eat it. She described the feel of the bass pulling on her line as a bear would tug on a bee hive for honey. For a whole summer, she tried to get that fish and failed.

The next year, Natasha tried again to catch the huge bass.  She threw worm after worm out in front of it. The bass could care less. Finally, she decided to try something new. She caught a small bluegill and threw it in front of her quarry. The bass charged immediately after the smaller fish.

After a long battle she finally reeled in her trophy, the fish that she spent a whole year trying to catch. Using a smaller fish as bait, she pulled in an eighteen inch largemouth!

This small girl actually used skills tournament anglers use to catch trophies. She adapted her approach Now that’s something you might not expect to learn standing at the side of a six year old. Fishing with children is not only good for them; it can give an experienced angler a new perspective on old information.

Catching that good size fish made decide to keep on fishing. It’s not always easy, though, to take a beginning angler to the next level of fishing. Getting little ones to put their own worms on the hook, learning to tie a fishing knot, and eventually making them your fishing buddy is a process. A good motivation for them  to fish more is seeing a bigger fish.  If you don’t have a bigger fish handy, then you have to get creative.  (Stay tuned to part to with ideas for how to do this).

About John L. Beath

John Beath is a writer, photographer, videographer, blogger, tackle manufacturer & Captain at Whaler's Cove Lodge in Southeast Alaska. He is also owner of and host at Lets Talk Outdoors @
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