i had and used that fishing pole from that time until i was around 21 years old. during those years i learned to fish in lakes, streams, and even do some ocean fishing (something i miss to this day).
from 21 to 26, i lived on the colorado river and spent a fair amount of time catching striped bass and channel catfish in the swift currents of the river and lake mohave.
then came the move to Las Vegas.....didn't throw a line in for the 3.5 years i was there and then the move to the phoenix metropolis.......aside from a pretty big catfish i caught in some man made lake behind my apartment in 2002, i put fishing aside.....i couldn't bring myself to get into this 'urban fishing' program that they have here in the valley, which is the most accessible fishing here in suburbia......
well, i started feeling the pull to teach the kids how to fish....knowing that their first few experiences of actually having a fish on the line would tell whether they had it in them or not......so, i picked up an urban fishing license and we tried it.....nothing caught...kids were bored and they didn't like 'putting the worm on the hook.'
well, i kept going. it's been going on a couple of months now and i've been going on my own :) often.
it started out slow.....caught a trout late in the season.....then a catfish....then a bluegill and this last week my boy caught his first couple of fish....my wife caught her first fish and my daughter got to feel a pretty decent catfish fighting as i was reeling him in....FUN!
this channel cat took a chunk of trout meat. the leftover trout are dying off (there's not many left at all)
in the city lakes because they need cooler water. he was decent size, fought well, but looked like he had been in a fight of some sort....i let him go.
the weather on this particular weekend couldn't have been any better...it was just beautiful. i didn't catch
a thing and didn't care too much.
years ago with my pops. it was a pretty good day of fishing!
one of my favorite set ups. it's funny, they say this is for 'panfish,' but i've caught trout, bluegill, bass, carp, and catfish on this sort of set up.
rainbow trout late in the season. i gave it to a very happy passerby who said he was gonna 'put him in the grease!'
my son made this picture a couple of years ago....prophetic maybe?
the second fish my boy caught on his own.
de-hooking a bluegill. i like to catch and eat fish, but it's work and the fam isn't quite that interested yet, so we release. this one swallowed the hook a bit. we released it, but i venture to think he may have ended up as a meal to a bigger catfish or bass....there are some pretty big fish in these city lakes.