Get 'em hooked when they are young, make 'em fishermen for life. Hopefully that's what we did on a recent Boy Scout campout at Rock Cut on Pierce Lake near Rockford. One of the weekend's activities was doing some work towards the fishing merit badge, and Pierce Lake cooperated more than nicely. A nice assortment of bluegills and bass, and even a few BASS, made the day a memorable one for both the boys and a few of us who have the privilege to be their leaders.
In these pics (the campout was actually late May, just slow in getting the pictures uploaded) are several "first fish ever" shot.
Not his first fish, but his first bass
Learning the art of spincasting
From the basic pole and first attempts
Just shy of 21" (That's a 24" measuring guide she's laid on)
One of the "instructors" with a catch of his own.
Even the "big guys" got in on the action.
First fish ever on his second cast ever. Can it start any better? On a Senko no less. I told him to pretend he is a little lizard that likes to swim along the bottom of the lake then jump real high and float back down, and do it again. That is how to work that fishing lure.
They may like to catch them, but that doesn't mean they will touch them.
And this was all yours truly could muster....
But all in all I think we got a few more future fishermen on the hook. Next time is when we will keep a few for the catch clean and eat part of the merit badge. All of these fish were released! And all caught from shore in the youth camping area.