First Timers

First Timers
I had the pleasure to take 3first time fisherman fishing last weekend, one 2nd timer and Cody who has beenfishing with me for many years now.  Ithink the most important thing for first timers is catching fish.  The easiest fish I know how to catch is a bluegillfishing worm and bobber.  The excitementof watching the bobber go under and trying to hook the fish then reeling themin puts smiles on everyone's face.
I know of a little city parkthat is off the beaten path which adds to the fishing adventure we were headedfor.  The park is Sinton Pond in the cityI live in, Colorado Springs.  It?s a bluegillpond there are millions of stunted bluegills in this pond with very few naturalpredators, what this means is nonstop action. So into the woods we went?

We walked to an area of the pond that had room for me to teach them tocast a spinning rod since I had no closed face push button rods.  Rigging up the rod I set out on the ratherdifficult task of teaching them to cast. After a couple backwards cast and a few twisted lines we got the bobberout in the water.  The bluegills werealready attacking the worm before I could explain how to set the hook and howto reel them in.  So while explaining itthe first hook set pulls the bobber and hook clean out of the water.  With no fish on, explaining that those littlebluegills were not whales and that he just had to snap the tip of the rod onthe hookset? we casted back out to try again.

Soon we were casted back out and trying again.  After a few more misses we had a fishon.  And he was muscling the little guyin with every turn of the reel.  Finallywe had landed our first fish of the day! A quick lesson on avoiding their spines and him showing his mom and dadhis catch we snapped a photo and released the fish.

Next up was another firsttimer Cody?s girlfriend.  A quick studyand only casted backwards on her first cast was able to land a bluegill on thevery next cast. 

Next up was the boy?s mom who took a few tries to get the casting downbut after a few DOHS and giggles she had her bobber out in the water.  With a few misses on the hookset and a recastwe had the bite and a big hookset that pulled the little bluegill out of thewater and up on shore with us.  Landingher first fish ever and not even having to reel it in. 

The boys came back smurfless and went back to fishing old pros now. They caught a dozen more with lots of bites on every cast.  We joined in on the action with big smilesand lots of laughs at every miss or fish landed.  No matter how old you get bluegill fishingturns you back into a kid again if just for a few hours of pure enjoymentespecially when spent with good friends and family.


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