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The Old Farmer's Almanac For Kids
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Got Bait?

WHAT TO BRING

  • A fishing rod
  • Fishing line
  • A package of fishing weights
  • Fish hooks (number 6 - 10 sizes)
  • A plastic bobber
  • Small pliers or a pocketknife
  • Live bait
  • A state fishing license (depending on your age)
  • A first-aid kit
  • A cooler with ice
  • Plastic bags
  • Water to drink
  • Snacks
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Camera

WHAT TO WEAR
Wear natural colors like brown, green, and blue to help blend into the background. Always wear a life jacket when you are close to water. If it's sunny wear polarized sunglasses to see the fish better in the water and to protect your eyes from the sun's rays.

THE POLE
Choose a fishing pole that fits your hands. It should be about as long as you are tall. There are a variety of rods and reels (complete with line) for sale. The simplest fishing rod is a cane pole. You can make it out of bamboo, fiberglass, or even a tree branch. Tie the fishing line to the end of the pole, put a hook on the other end of the line, toss it into the water and wait for a fish to bite.

THE BEST TIME
Pan fish, such as bluegill, sunfish or perch, bite almost any time of day. If you have not had a nibble after 15 minutes, move to another spot and try again. For other types of fish, such as trout or bass, you may want to fish early in the morning or late afternoon. According to folklore the best time to fish is during the weeks after a new Moon and before it's full again. Check your calendar!

WHERE TO FISH
Most ponds, small lakes and streams are loaded with fish. Fish like to hide, so try fishing around heavy weeds, rocks or logs. Look for an area where the water is several feet deep. Good fishing spots are areas where the bottom changes in some way - from sand to gravel or from sand to mud.

Fish Tales
Tell Us about your fishing trip.

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