6 weeks off school always seemed a great time as a kid to put away the football and go fishing. My youngest Lucas who is 8, is gradually being eased into fishing with a ‘no pressure’ approach, with the help of a lot of good Beechwood team mates, friends from the #SundayCrew and fisheries owners, he is spending more time on the bank and learning lots of new fishing skills.
The usual early start normally results in a few hours sleep at the side of the lake, he tells me its to stock up his energy to catch more fish!
When he finally does wake up the usual shout is “come on Dad you have had your head start now it’s my turn”.
I try to mix it up with Lucas using the rod and pole.
Fish handling is important, but with a decent mat some soft ground and keeping the fish low to the ground, Lucas seems to be getting the hang of things.
A few small carp and a barbel, not a bad start to the day.
Where possible I try to let Lucas do as much as he can with some coaching from me in the back ground, my advice to anyone introducing their kids to fishing, is as long as it’s not too much of a struggle let them find their own way, which they are comfortable with.
Sometimes you do catch those carp that just won’t keep still, and have to step in to help!
Catapults and mixing bait seem to be some of Lucas’s favourite things when fishing.
Nothing better than a bit of team work with his friends; listening to Lucas while this (below) was happening was priceless, he sounded like a fisherman of 40 years experience telling Kieran what to do)
Each venue offering different challenges which included fish size, depth of water, pegging and weather.
Where possible I just stand back and let things happen, only stepping in when needed.
Such a shame that summer seems a long time away, but looking back at these memories makes me proud that Lucas has enjoyed his summer time on the bank with myself and the lads, who I can’t thank enough for their time and patience which has made it so much easier for me and Lucas to enjoy ourselves!