Most people have vivid memories of their first fishing trip. I remember mine, even its first moments: up before dawn, a cold truck cab, and the acrid smell of a struck match and a lit Camel filling the cab as we waited for the engine to warm up before heading to the lake.
I hated cigarettes, but I loved fishing with Dad. I enjoyed the one-on-one time with him.
That first trip—and the many others that followed—created memories I can share and enjoy for a lifetime.
Following are seven tips for creating and sharing the same kind of memories with your own family and friends.
- Keep the purpose of the trip in perspective. Fishing is always about catching fish, but when first-timers come along, the focus should be on them, on spending quality time together and the experience itself.
- Stay in the comfort zone. Find ways to alleviate or minimize the discomforts of cold, heat, rain or tedium. For example, pick a fair-weather day for the outing, and ensure everyone is wearing clothing to match the weather.
- Bet on a sure thing. Go where you know the fish are biting. Getting skunked doesn’t exactly create the kind of first-time memories people are looking for.
- Bring along a variety of snacks. Dad always packed cheese and kipper snacks. It’s a good thing I liked cheese.
- Take lots of photos.
- Engage in show and tell. Be prepared to give newbies a crash course in basic fishing. Be patient. Assume they know little or nothing about it.
- Allow first-timers to do things for themselves. Resist the urge to do everything for them. After initial instruction, help only when asked or as needed.
Subtle Colors Make Bass See Red in the Dry Season
Florida lakes and rivers tend to be clearer this time of year than during the rainy season, when heavy rain and runoff can muddy the water. Use subtle colors for these water conditions. The best clear-water colors tend to be natural ones that mimic native forage, such as crawdad and shad.
Fishing Line Disposal Website Gets Facelift, Interactive Map
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has updated its Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program website. The site not only sports a new look, but features an interactive map with fishing line recycling bin locations across the state. Check it out at www.mrrp.fwc.com.
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Many of Curtis Condon’s fondest memories involve outdoor adventures with friends and family, whether fishing with old school buddies, backpacking in the mountains of the Northwest with his sons, or bird watching along the Gulf Coast with his wife. He feels fortunate having the opportunity to write about the outdoors and other subjects for more than 30 years.