I also like the open faced reel included as many kids rods use a push button reel instead. The open face tangles less frequently and it teaches the kid how to fish using the same technology as the person teaching them. Teaching a young child to cast with an open face reel can be rewarding because of how far the lure can be thrown. It even comes with line pre-spooled, making it dummy proof.
When you’re fishing great weather in the summer, many conditions allow for wet wading. This is prime. Who doesn’t want to be kept cool while they enjoy the beauty of a limestone creek or a favorite pond? That said, you should get a quality pair of waders for when the weather isn’t so nice or the water’s bigger than your bare gams can handle. Orvis’s Enduras (in either hip- or chest-length) are tough, light and comfortable. We recommend the stockingfoot version, in which case you’ll need…
If you're not using live bait or cut bait, you'll want to use artificial bait or lures. Most artificial lures resemble the type of bait fish or other food, such as worms or shrimp, that the fish you're trying to catch normally eat. These artificial baits can be scented and have metal spoons attached to them or be painted in metal flake to reflect light in the water. Other types of bait include jigs and jig heads, spoons, flies and spinnerbaits, which you can attach artificial or real bait to, and attractants to make artificial lures smell lifelike.
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Look for a weedy or rocky area where the water is several feet deep. Look for areas where the bottom changes in some way — from sand to gravel or from sand to mud. Stay quiet and avoid disturbing the water or you may scare fish away. Next, bait your hook. Swing the bait as far from shore as you can and watch the bobber. When a fish bites, raise the tip of the rod quickly to set the hook and reel your catch in.
Your purchase also includes a reel and fishing line. A thumb button extension on the reel helps to make casting easier, while the aluminum spool is compatible with nylon or braid. The instant anti-reverse bearing prevents fish from gaining slack and escaping if your child forgets to sink the hook immediately, resulting in fewer lost catches and more fun on the water. Before you head to your nearest lake, make time to work on your casting together using the included fish-shaped practice plug.
Leaders and tippets are used to connect the fly line to the fly and are typically made of monofilament or fluorocarbon. Leaders are typically tapered with the heavier end tied to the fly line and the lighter end connected to the tippet. A tippet is used to connect the leader to the fly. Both leader and tippet come in different weights. Your choice will depend on the type of fishing you are doing.
Fish finders, marine radios, and flashers are also available for the diehard anglers. There’s no such thing as having too much of an advantage. Navigate the lake on the prowl for another big trophy catch. The latest up-to-date maps and GPS chartplotting are just two more features that help turn your typical day on the water into a fish fest worthy of bragging about.