MY DAUGHTER'S BIGGEST CATCH-HERSELF!!Sep 8, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
Fishing is a way of life in the town where we live. The loud motors of oyster and shrimp boats can be heard in the early morning hours moving out to their salty destinations. Kind of an alarm clock for the early morning fisherman. Here, bait is often all sold out by 6am.
I want to share an experience with you so that you might learn that fishing for kids can be a little dangerous if you don't keep an eye out. I took my daughter's experience for granted and she paid for it.
My husband and I have always been avid fishermen and when my daughter was a tot she would accompany us on the boat or to the pier when we went fishing. As she grew older she grew more interested and wanted her own gear. At four she had her own rod, reel and tackle box and we had taught her to bait her own hook. Not an easy task but with a little patience she learned to do it well by practice first.
At first we would take her to a pond which was frequently filled with fish and in order to keep it stocked, you were not allowed to keep more than three. This pretty much guaranteed a few bites and catches in the course of a couple of hours and because kids get bored when they aren't catching, this pond was a perfect place for her.
As she approached five, we took her down to the pier to teach her to cast. After the first few times she seemed to be doing okay, in fact, she was proudly casting and reeling in just to show us how she had progressed. However, this time she tried, the hook whipped back and lodged itself deep in the back of her scalp. It took a hospital visit to dislodge it and she would not go fishing for a while after that.
I think that casting can be dangerous for a young child, obviously, so don't try to teach them to soon or really keep your eye on them. I made the wrong decision to let her go solo so soon, even though she had been taught all the rules. Thinking about it, I get really angry at myself. Not only did I put her in jeopardy but also the people fishing next to and around us.
Luckily, she came around and Dad taught her how to cast away from her body and, of course, away from everyone else. Now, nine, she hauls in more fish than I do but we will never forget the day she caught her biggest catch, herself.
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