Shown here is the future fisherman of America, a wonderful 10 year old boy named Johnathan , who someday may become the KVD of the future. The youngster really loves to go fishing. I can relate to that because that was me about sixty five years ago.
Well, Johnathan is actually holding a fish that he caught. He had refused to hold a fish before that one so, I asked him “How can you expect to be a fisherman if you can’t hold the fish you are catching?” He thought about it and then took the fish and was both relieved and glad that he held the fish in his own hands. After that he had no more fear but, I advised him that some fish have sharp teeth and you need to be extra careful with them. I showed him the teeth in the mouth of the walleye.
We started the day on the pond. The weather was very warm, nearly 90 degrees but, some clouds were forming overhead and that helped. We were sure to put on sun block and to wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent a bad sunburn. I know it sounds like over dressing but, believe me, you will be much cooler afterward than if you had gotten a bad sunburn. If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn and could not sleep that night, you know what I mean. We were also sure to be wearing a life vest on the pond.
The pond wasn’t going to yield many fish as we caught only one bluegill even though we went to a few places that I know to hold bluegill. They just were not biting, not even worms except the one bluegill shown in the picture.
Not wanting to be going home nearly skunked we decided to try the river behind the house.
On the second cast Johnathan caught a sucker of about 10”. So, things were looking up. We had to wait for the next few bites before he caught that warmouth, if you can see it, ( maybe last years spawn). But Johnathan did manage to catch a couple of drum, the walleye, the sucker, the bluegill, and the little warmouth. The variety gave him a lesson on the various types of fish that swim in the river. Oh yes, I explained that all the bites that he was getting and the worm missing but, not catching was probably the “Ghost Fish” the ones that bite a lot but, you never see them. No one knows what they look like.
The the worms ran out. Oh darn!.
Take a kid fishing. It will be a wonderful experience, I guarantee it.
P.S. Jonathan at first wanted to keep the walleye but, I convinced him to let the fish go so that maybe could catch him again on another trip.
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