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Old 08-13-2018, 04:32 PM
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His name is David Patrick Taylor III. The picture was taken the day he was born. At over eight pounds they sought to induce labor but ended up taking him cesarian. Family women were all worried about my granddaughter, David's mom. He had a nice little surf-rod but it had to be left behind. As long as the buggah don't end up boat fishing
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:52 AM
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Have 3 grandchildren now, oldest is 4 1/2 so a ways a way from any "great" designation... I've been introducing the oldest to sweetwater fishing at a pond across the street from us, and he seems to have a great interest in fishing, decent concentration for a young age. Got his first fish on a spinner the last time he was here.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:07 PM
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Millions of us have been introduced to fishing through fishing for sunfish. Some bread, a cork float, a worm. These are universal tools for the introduction to fishing. If the little buggah can walk, he/she can be taught to catch stuff. The real fun is watching the child develop. Never forget the magic in the learning experience. WOW!
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:48 AM
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Talking about the magic, my little grandson asked me to put on a big spinner, so I pulled out a regular skirted large mouth spinner bait and put it on his spiderman setup. Showed him how to cast the zebco type reel and off he went. Thankfully, there's not much in this manmade pond that he can get snagged on.

I'm working on bait for his little brother when I hear "Poppop, woah!" ... look over and sure enough he has a decent fish on. He had caught a nice sunny on a mepps type lure just a bit earlier, but this was clearly bigger.

He kept saying "Poppop, you take it" and I said "No! You got this!"

He got the LMB into a few inches of water but it made one last jump and broke the line. It was the biggest bass I've seen in these local ponds and this one in particular. Easy 6lb+ Large Mouth bass, had good shoulders.

The excitement he showed, he had to run back home to tell his Mom and Nanna about the fish in a way only an overexcited 4 year old can. Hand motions, non stop stream of mouth top of the lungs excitement. Hand motions, the one that got away, big, almost pulled the rod out of my arms... the whole works. THAT was magic
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:24 PM
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The story about your grandson reminds me of something we saw years ago at Chatham Inlet. There were a bunch of low teen boys, 12/13 or so, who fished there together who had discovered a secret where the big cows from Pleasant Bay dropped down at the bottom of the tide. The kids would sneak out at low tide to cash in on the action. Night after night they would hook 40-pounders on swimming plugs, fight them to shore, see their size and get so excited at the view, they backed up violently pulling on the fish to shore. Those kids and I think there were four of them, never landed a single fish, breaking off every one. They eventually stopped fishing the situation out of frustration. But inasmuch as they couldn't keep their mouths shut they told our kids who told their father, me, and we did a job there at low tide, not just that season but for years. Stazitto, keep your mouth shut! We never took a fifty out of that but you could not count the 35s and 40s. People lose their heads when they see that fish up close. One can understand a 4-year old, even his grandfather, falling victim.
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His grandfather was the googan who didn't give the kid a reel with a decent drag
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:49 PM
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Fishing, even hunting, is fraught with subtle requirements. Amateurs usually fail to be ready with familiarization with subtleties. Googans think that all you have to do is bring the fish in; they do not know about breaking off. These outdoor sports require familiarization with a huge body of knowledge. That required learning takes a long time and kids who are brought up in fishing and/or hunting from family have a huge advantage. I had some uncles who went fishing who didn't know anything about what they were doing.
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It's always good to have someone to guide you through the maze when you are a kid but even then I think most kids still have to go through the failures and wins for the lessons to sink in. Five grand kids from .5 to 13. So far two legit beginner fisherman.
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:36 PM
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Still, the nuances of fishing and hunting are learned more quickly through the family. On the other hand, if the older generation does not learn stuff, it doesn't get passed to the young ones. When I was growing up we striper fished until it got dark then went home. But bullhead fishing in fresh water we didn't go until after dark.
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In this off season my wife and I are playing a lot of blackjack at the casino. You would be surprised at the number of guys we used to fish with who don't fish any more and hang out at the casino instead.. They all bitch mightily about sharks, seals, regs, Cape loss. I share their sentiments but, like me, they are also getting too old for a sport as demanding as surfcasting. Also, we can have ONE striper but six deer and sleeping at night is more natural. Back in the day my mother used to say in September, "Francis, I think you got cancer. You lost a lot of weight!"
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Sitting at the computer in my undies, this morning well mid morning, i saw a strange car come down the drive. i was warming up to a shower time. I was thinking oh sheet what now?. He knocked on the door standing there with a huge tape measure and said he was from the town assessors and wanted to measure my house. Oh sheet went through my brain again. My dark side showed up and I told him to go ahead but watch out for the big bear hanging around. He walked directly to his car and left. Must have a cityguy.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:05 AM
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I'm not a city guy but I distrust bears. I saw one once in NY and the buggah was huge. But something about 30:06 Springfield reduces the fear so I just watched him through the scope.
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