Is there any greater pastime? Some might argue that there is, but they would be mistaken! Fishing is one of the great outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by almost anyone at almost any age and during any season.
Once you have your equipment and a fishing license, the sport of fishing can be relaxing and inexpensive. Growing up, we would dig our own worms and fish all day in one of the 10,000 lakes that Minnesota is known for.
Now that I’m older, I don’t have as much time to go fishing, but I still enjoy it when I get the chance to go. We take our granddaughter and other grandchildren fishing when we have the chance because we want them to know the great joy that fishing can bring.
Selecting the “right” fishing pole
Depending on what kind of fishing you plan to do, selecting your fishing pole is pretty easy. You don’t have to have something that is fancy with all the bells and whistles—those things scare the fish anyway. All you really need is an inexpensive rod and reel, a hook, some weight and a bobber. You can skip the bobber and fish by feeling, as well, but if you haven’t fished before or not in a while and you have little ones, use the bobber.
Let’s take a look at some more popular types of fishing.
- Fly fishing
- Ice fishing
Each type of fishing—except for trolling and casting—require a bit different pole. Here is just a small sampling of the huge variety of fishing poles and equipment available on Amazon. (Please note the following: Grandparentssecondstory.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.)
Trolling is a type of fishing done from a boat, typically. In this type of fishing, you let your line out while the boat slowly “trolls” about in the water. The rate of speed of the boat is relatively slow. For this type of fishing, my experience has been using a shiny lure, but this all depends on what type of fish you are after and what type of fish are in the lake you are fishing.
When trolling, most people use a trolling motor because it is easier to control the speed because it is smaller and not that many horsepower. We use a trolling motor on our 14 foot fishing boat.
I am not a big fan of trolling, I prefer casting out from the boat when it is anchored in place, especially when you find a “hot” spot! Even if you don’t find a great spot, just spending the day on the lake is worth it! By the way, we use our trolling motor to get us around the smaller lakes without pulling out our big motor. The trolling motor is rechargeable so we don’t have to worry about running out of gas—just a low battery. Keep your battery charged and watch the levels so you aren’t too far from shore should you need to row back.
Angling is my prefered way of fishing. It works well from the shoreline, dock or pier or from a boat when you want to get far, far from the crowds.
Angling or casting is just what it sounds like—you “cast” out your bait at the end of your fishing line and wait for a fish to “strike” or “hit” on your bait which can be real or artificial. Personally, I prefer real bait like worms or leeches (it isn’t as disgusting as it sounds). I have never had much luck with artificial bait.
Once a fish hits on your bait you reel in and with proper technique (or just plain luck), you will have a fish on your hook!
Fly fishing is another type of fishing that many people enjoy. I have never done it so I can’t say if I really like it or not, but I have watched people do it and they really seem to be enjoying it.
This type of fishing uses a very lightweight artificial “fly” that is the bait. It requires specific casting techniques.
Ice fishing is another popular form of fishing during the winter months when lakes are frozen over. While I suppose you could use a “regular” fishing pole, you don’t cast in this type of fishing as you are dropping your line through a hole you cut in the ice.
Many people have fish houses and some of our lakes in Minnesota resemble small communities during the winter because there are so many of them out on the lake!
I used to like ice fishing when I was a kid, but as I got older—and a little heavier—the sound of the cracking ice made me really afraid to go out on the ice. Even though several thousand pound cars, trucks and fish houses are out on the ice, at the sound of the first crack, I am hightailing it to shore!
Bait—real or artificial
Some people say they will only use artificial bait. They don’t like the feel of real bait and prefer the flexibility that artificial bait gives them.
Personally, I do not like artificial bait. Like I said previously, I don’t have much luck using it and I would rather get “skunked” with real bait than with artificial.
As I said, there are many types of bait, from metal spinners to plastic worm-like baits to the real thing. I really do believe that fish bite much better on worms and leeches than any other bait I have used. Sometimes, minnows can prove to be an effective bait, too.
The type of bait you choose will also be partially dependent on what type of fish you are after. Here are a variety of fishing supplies that you may purchase on Amazon.
Reeling it all in . . .
Take the kids out to fish! It can be a challenge because you have to keep your eyes open (shut) when the little ones are casting until they get the hang of it, but it can also be a great time of bonding. A time when dreams and secrets are shared. A time when it feels like you can forget everything and just be!
And don’t forget the bug spray and sun screen! We prefer Bull Frog products because they include both an insect repellent and a sun screen.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave questions or comments below and I will get back to you very soon!