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past weekend was “free fishing weekend” in Michigan. Meaning, no
license needed to get out on the water. Well I took full advantage
of this to get my wife out despite having had 4” of rain fall on us
the night before.
Since she hadn't been fishing since she was a little girl, I decided
to keep it simple. In this day and age of finesse plastics, top
water lures, crank baits and jerk baits I figured the easiest way to
get someone into our great sport would be the good old fashioned
hook and worm.
Targeting panfish, I pulled a K&E Tackle No Tangle Rig out of my bag
and asked her to get it get it out of the package while I cut up a
few night crawlers. After she had it ready to go I added a sinker
and showed her how to thread a worm onto the hook and how to cast,
and she took right to it.
got myself set up the same way, cast my line and the waiting game
began. It was a really slow day, as the water looked like coffee
(remember the 4" of rain the night before) and we kept getting
caught on grass floating on top of the water. However, as a few guys
walked over and talked to us she got to see firsthand the comradery
that extends between us fishermen.
Despite the conditions, we did get a fish, a little white bass, and
I'll admit that she caught it. Even though the fishing was a bit
tough and the circumstances were not perfect, we had a couple of
hours out on the water together that made for some good memories.
Until next time friends....
Story by: Joe DeVera
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