Well, I took another kid out on Bald Eagle today. Son of one of my wife's friends. The bite was slow, both for panfish and for bass and Northerns. Couldn't find the crappies, but the sunfish were taking tiny jigs and plastics.
Fishing the weed flats for largemouths and northerns with the yellow and white spinnerbaits, the kid caught one decent bass and was hooked into an excellent northern, but dropped the rod tip when it got to the boat. A little slack and Mr. Esox was swimming freely once again. We got a good look at him though...about a 7 pounder. Too bad, but the kid had a good attitude about it. No photo today.
How'd I do? Hmph. But that's fishing with a kid. It's their fish that count, anyhow.
I have taken my stepson and his friends fishing a few times, and many times I won't even put my line in the water. They always ask why and the usual response, as I am helping them get another one onshore, is "how am I going to fish when you need help all the time?"
But its worth it to see the look on their faces when they get a bite.
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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954