Fishing with Grandpa Bob

   Fishing With Grandpa Bob 

 Hello, Welcome to a trip to the waters edge where you can relax and get away from the grinding, nerve wracking and soul-destroying work that you do every day.    

It’s Fishing Time                                                  

The first thing we gotta do is get our stuff together. 

 Let’s start our Inventory: 

Fishing Pole:  

  • What type of fishing will you be doing – Fresh water or Saltwater?
  • Saltwater – OH boy, let’s go!  Saltwater Fishing requires much more rigorous equipment.   If you are new to saltwater fishing, I recommend newbie fishermen/women consider a combination rod such as an Inshore Fishing Rod.    I recommend a stiff rod and a spin-cast reel rig. A carbon fiber type of rod is best because it is light weight and strong. 

Another major advantage of Carbon fiber rods are their flexibility. They are highly flexible with an almost linear transfer of stress across the entire length of the pole. This translates into you being able to land larger fish!  It often comes with an attractive bag and the carbon fiber rods will not decay if you forget to wash them down between trips. 

 Now we need to continue with our preparations.  We need a reel and some tackle {calm down you football guys}.    

The Real Reel {cool play on words}  is a spin casting reel. You can get one from many places for about $40.  The spin cast reel is a good starter reel. Every thing you need is online nowadays.  and being  disabled I like shopping online; I think you will too.  

Do not forget the fishing line, every good reel needs a line!   For most fishing you will be catching fish under 12lbs. So, I recommend a 20lb line. This line will be strong enough to catch most fish and give you lots of “play”  A monofilament brand of line will be the easies to acquire and will meet most needs.  Be sure to check out other lines as well.  The type of lines I use are monofilament and braided.

Other Rod & Reels: 

When fishing in Saltwater you will often find yourself fishing from unusual places such as piers, shores and boats. You will need to have the right type of rod and reel for each. 

Because of the heavy Surf conditions encountered when surf/shore fishing you will need what is known as a surf rod. Surf rods are longer for greater casting distance. You can use either a Spin cast reel or as I prefer, a   bait casting reel. A bait cast reel is superior to any other reel when it is time to land “The Big One”.  The ability to lock the drag/brake will tire your quarry faster with less wear and tear on the line and reel.   

 Freshwater fishing is a little different from saltwater. You can use the same equipment in most cases, but you will find that some changes will tune {or is it tuna?} up your game.   

First you will need to change to a lighter line.  Most lakes, rivers, creeks, and streams will have fish under 10lbs. So, let’s switch to a lighter line. A lighter line will allow you to cast further. I recommend a 12lb.  

Fishing is magical!  It brings a peace that cannot be explained but which must be experienced. Getting ready is only a part of it. So, again back to the task at hand, Getting Ready: 

 If we are going fishing, we also need hooks, which are of many types. 

The singe hook is a standard choice and  there are many distinct size choices.  Choice of size of hook is dependent on the type of fish you intend to catch and the type of bait you are using. Small fish {small hook}, Larger fish {larger hooks}. I will discuss baits in another article and share how to make some terrific baits at home, which can then be used when you go fishing. {be careful of the stink-baits}  

The treble hook   is my favorite. Be careful of this hook, it definitely will let you know when you make a mistake in handling it. I love this hook when I am trying to catch those pesky “nibblers” I do not get involved in trying to guess what size for which fish, I just use the old tried and true method of “small” hook for small fish and bigger hook for the “Big-one”  

There are some specialized hooks we need to know about they are:   

  Worm hooks which are used when fishing with live worms.  These hooks have a special shape which present the bait to the fish in a more appetizing way, or at least more appealing to the fish.

  Weed hooks which I use primarily when fishing among lilies. These are great for Bass fishing because bass like to hide under the lily pads. Use these hooks instead of the regular worm hooks. You will reduce your frustration with hang-ups, and your kids will not learn all those foul words you worry about them picking up at school. 

More Tackle:

Weights are used to stabilize your line while you fish. Again, the type of weight you use is greatly dependent on the type of fishing you are doing.   

Saltwater: Surf, boat or pier? 

  • Surf: You need a heavy lead weight  one 
  • Surf weight or legged weight:  This weight has “legs” that can be bent to anchor it to the bottom so you can tighten up your line. This allows you to feel when you have a fish “strike.”  These weights are more prone to hanging-up on debris, so be careful when using them {they are expensive}. 
  • Boat and Pier:  If you decide to fish your bait near the bottom of the water where you are fishing, you will need a heavy weight as well.  I recommend a standard. Pear shaped weight which do not have sharp edges and slide off most things that other weights would catch onto. Items that may be encountered on the bottom include rocks and other junk.   

Also in the weight category are light weights which are used to fine tune your fishing experience. The best way to handle those needs is by getting a  RUNCL Fishing Terminal Tackle kit. I buy these like candy canes at Christmas and use them whenever I take my grandkids fishing. It is small enough to be handy and everything has a lid. I love it. 

 We are not ready for the fishing trip yet. There are still quite a lot of details we need to address. If you are going to do surf fishing, you can use a standard rod, but I recommend that you pack a different one to the waters’ edge. 

A standard rod will not stand up to a giant shark! When you are fishing in saltwater you always have a chance to hook one of nature’s most dangerous fish. If you hook up to a shark with a standard rig you can either, cut your line or take a chance of destroying your equipment.  This can be avoided by having the right equipment to start with: 

   

  There is a really Heavy trolling rod that you would normally use on a boat. I use one of these whenever I go surf fishing. I use it and a Bait casting reel rigged up just in case I latch onto a shark. This rod I use is a Fiblink it has a special roller ball on the end to help in the transfer of stress when you are fighting a big fish.   

  • I want to bring up an important subject:  Line casting and bait deployment. You can use a drone to deploy your fish bait! There are some cool videos on YouTube that you can find and watch. Talk about adding punch to your lunch. 

When fishing you will need to take a break and get something to drink and some chips and dip to eat. I like to make my own bean dip. Here is my favorite recipe. 

1 to 2 large Cans of refried beans 

1 to 1& 1/2 bricks of cheddar cheese 

1 stick of butter/margarine 

1 can of diced chiles {mild} 

Diced onion {I prefer sweet red} 

2 large, diced Jalapeños {if you like heat} 

Garlic powder according to taste. 

Chili powder according to taste 

Heat the can{s} of beans over low to medium burner setting, stir in butter and cheese, add chiles and onions when butter and cheese are blended into the beans. Mix in garlic and chili powder tasting as you cook. Add hot peppers at your own risk. For a little Texas flavor grill the onions and peppers before you add them to the beans, add just a hint of BBQ sauce while you grill them. 

 

Please make this as often as you like, just tell everyone it is Grandpa Bob’s bean dip. Get them to visit my site – my ego needs stroking! 

When you are done with the snack, we need to resume our packing for the fishing trip. Then we are heading to the ocean side for a three-hour tour – oh wait, that is Gilligan’s Island. 

  Sand Spike. 

Is not a dagger; it is a sand spike used to stake a fishing pole into the sand at the waters’ edge. Surf fishing requires patience, and a spiked rod lets you use your hands for the important work of drinking and eating. This sturdy construction includes a bait tray, pole hole {you gotta laugh} and a cut-out for a sand rake holder. 

Fish Net:  I use a Fiblink that extends from 5ft to 10ft. I recommend it because it will work both on land and on a boat or pier {not Pierre}.   

You will need Suntan lotion. be sure to get one with a high SPF rating. 

An Umbrella which can also be a hat.  It looks a little silly, but it is available! 

 Be sure to stock up on your choice of snacks and beverages and put them into proper storage containers/bags.  Every angler needs a tackle box.  which will hold your selection of weights, hooks, and lines.   

 You might need a hook remover.  There are fancy ones, I just use a pair of needle nose pliers. They get the job done, and I have several in my toolbox. 

You will need a selection of other tackle to round out your fishing box.  Get your self a variety of lures.  They will save you money on the cost of live bait and will help you land larger fish!

Telling your fishing story 

 

 Grandpa Bob and family go fishing! 

We all have a love of life that includes a desire to tell our stories.  When I sit down and tell my grandchildren my fishing stories, they gladly sit and listen.  Their eyes light up and their minds create pictures as they experience the wonders of fishing. I have created little books for each of them where they can sit and read about how they had so much fun catching their first fish.   

 Take your kids fishing.  Spend time with them and teach them how to tie their first “fisher man’s knot”, “bait their own hook”, and cast their line.  But, be prepared to catch the rod and reel.  They may lose their grip.   

  Create a family tradition and GO FISHING! 

 

 

 

   

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