Probably the most important thing I've done to encourage his love of the outdoors , was to let him go at his own pace rather than force him to go at mine. Making him go with me when he didn't want to would have surely turned him against fishing. It's always a good idea to let young anglers set the pace and dictate the length of fishing trips. Kids have short attention spans. Have I been guilty of using worms , bugs , and plants found near the water to distract him so that I could eek out a few more casts? Yes I have , but in my defense it has often led to long conversations about nature , and eventually his return to fishing on the day in question. Keeping things simple is a big help.
As of today , he has caught somewhere around 15 different species of fish , which is quite a an accomplishment before you've lived for a decade. He loves to look at the fish and point out differences and similarities between species , and it has opened up a way for me to discuss the importance of catch and release for some species and other aspects of conservation. No matter how quickly he tires of fishing , I always enjoy taking him and being able to spend time doing what I love with my favorite fishing buddy. I can only hope that he will have fond memories of our time on the water as he gets older. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
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Have a great weekend!