As the title states – I am not a fisherman although I have hauled in a few.
As a kid living in Athens, Georgia I would walk to a local pond with a few buddies hoping to catch one of the “monster” large-mouth Bass. Countless casts with a small Diawa reel brought in many Brim – which always went back. There was this one large Bass that I would see in the shallows on the east side of the pond. It was a monster and I tried to lure it onto my hook several times with no luck. One sunny, hot day I spotted The Beast in those shallows again and quickly put on a spoon lure. I cast just past The Beast and slowly reeled in the line bringing the three pronged hooked spoon closer. When just a few inches away I jerked the rod back hard and snagged The Beast in the side. The fight began as I reeled in the line and The Beast struggled hard creating a wake that I am sure could have been ridden with a surf board. As The Beast was almost to the edge of the pond I heard it. Yes. I heard that terrible sound that no one fishing ever wants to hear. SNAP!!!!! The line broke.
Over the next year or so I would continue my fishing efforts in that pond. Once in a while I would see The Beast swim by – taunting me. I knew it was him by the shining spoon lure hanging on the his side.
So – I am not a fisherman however fishing is one aspect of my food gathering system. My 11 year old is asking me to take him fishing. One weekend soon I am going to take him to a local river and maybe he will go after his own Beast.
I have a few rods, reels, and lures. My favorite bait has always been worms for most freshwater fishing. Again – experience is limited. In considering stocking more fishing supplies I am looking at putting back some of the following:
- Extra fishing line
- plastic worms
So – I pose the following question to the huge audience that is reading this and hope to tap into all of your vast fishing knowledge:
Any additional suggestions?
– – – Rourke
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