Gearing Up for a Great Day
If you're going to make the effort you better do it right the first time and be prepared for just about anything. Taking your family on a maiden fishing voyage may turn out to be much less than you had hoped for, especially if you don't take a few extra precautions.
Being prepared can help smooth out the rough spots and turn a potential disaster into an absolutely fantastic time. You can start by taking a good look at what you're trying to achieve and then considering the needs of your guests. Realize that they're not likely to be the hardcore stay out all day type of angler you are, and it would be a mistake to subject them to the same rigors you might endure without a second thought.
Where you get started can be extremely important and it would be a good idea to scale back your operation a bit by heading for a smaller body of water to spend some quality time on. Big water can scare the dickens out of some people especially if they're newcomers without a lot of boating experience. It would be a good idea to gradually
introduce them to larger bodies of water.
All day trips can be excruciating for the uninitiated, and the last thing you want to do is push them past the breaking point. From there they may never come back, so take it easy. Instead of planning an all day fishing marathon consider going for only a few hours and maybe and combine it with something else, like a boat ride and sight seeing venture, or even some water skiing. The idea is to get them interested in the outdoors and fishing and you can't force feed them.
Another option may be putting the boat back on the trailer and heading for a tourist trap or anything else that your crew might be interested in. Sure it will mean less time spent fishing for you, but the sacrifice could be well worth the effort in the long run.
When you do get the chance to try and boat a few fish consider just how you're going to get it done, even if it's not exactly what you had in mind. One of the best methods for first timers is bobber fishing as it's easy for beginners to detect a bite and it really is exciting when the bobber disappears below the surface. Another option for keeping younger kids and even the ladies excited is to tie on some spinner baits and head for a
calm shallow bay. You'll probably run into bass and plenty of northern pike, all of which will keep your crew busy and happy.
If you can afford it don't make your followers use inferior equipment and make sure all is in good repair. It doesn't have to be new and it doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to work. Equipment that doesn't work will result in way too much frustration, so much so that you may cause irreparable damage. Not to mention more work for yourself.
As much as you may like or dislike distractions when you're fishing, be patient and let those that want to bring along their favorite music do so. Today's modern boats have radios and cassette players built in as standard features and CD players available as options. My fully rigged Ranger has the works including a first class stereo system that doesn't really get used that often by me, but I can tell you from experience that my family sure
does love it. The nice thing is it's there if someone wants to listen to something.
Make sure everyone has something to do in case they temporarily lose interest in the fishing. That may include bringing along a Game Boy, something to read, or even a bait well full of minnows for the kids to play with. Those two to three inch minnows will do the same for kids as a two to three pound walleye will do for you.
Items that should not be forgotten include life jackets, sun screen, extra clothing and adequate rain jackets. Sun glasses are another necessity which will help to protect all of those gentle eyes from the sun as well as the effects of an errant cast.
You should also bring along plenty to eat and drink, especially water. Heat can take a lot out of you in a hurry and you don't want to have to head home early just because you came up short of liquids.
By keeping a few things in mind you can make the first time a building block on which to build a fishing future for everyone. Getting the whole family involved can pay off big time as you just might develop willing partners that can really be counted on. If you married types can get your wife interested you'll be way ahead of the game, as the better half will more readily understand your love for the sport and you'll encounter much less resistance, especially if she's going with!
If you're the type with no ties and this information really doesn't pertain to you it might be a good idea to hang on to it anyway. The thing is things do change, and sometimes for the better.
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