Fishing For The BeginnerJun 28, 2000 (Updated Jul 5, 2000) Write an essay on this topic.
Did you know that the local 4-H program has fishing projects for kids? Fishing For The Beginner and Fishing For The Intermediate.
I grew up in 4-H and so as soon as my kids were old enough, we put them in 4-H. There are many different interest areas, something for almost anyone. Our son was interested in fishing. His Grandpa is an avid bass fisherman, and it runs in the family. At the age of 10, his second year in 4-H, he took the beginner fishing project. This project probably taught him more than Grandpa ever could have. He learned about the different kinds of fish, such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, carp, crappie, trout, bluegill, and catfish. He learned how to tell them apart and where the best places are to find each kind. He learned the different parts of the fish like the lateral line, dorsal fin, caudal fin, anal fin, pelvic fin and pectoral fin. He made a poster of the parts of a fish and then decorated it with different kinds of lures all around the outside for his display at the county fair. Some of the different kinds of lures he used were spinner baits, crank baits, artificial worms, and top water baits. We took pictures of him and his dad fishing and displayed them in a small photo album. He purchased his own fishing rod and reel, tackle box and tackle, and took them to the judging also. He knew all the different kinds of lures and what they were used for. He knew more about fishing than I did, which isn't hard to do, and he won the 1st place trophy at the fair! He was sent to the Ohio State Fair with his fishing project. Wow! At the Ohio State Fair he did not win a trophy, but he learned a lot.
The next year, guess what 4-H project my son took. Yep. Fishing for the Intermediate. This book was a little more difficult. Some of the areas to explore in this book included learning about the Fishes' Body Structure and Habits, Where to Find Fish, Fishing Methods, Fishing Equipment, and the Care and Cleaning of the Catch.
The last area is the one he chose to get the most involved in. He learned, at the age of 11, to clean and fillet his own fish. He purchased his own fillet knife and keeps it in his tackle box. He learned quite well, too. I have yet to find any bones in any of his catch. We took pictures of him cleaning the fish, step by step, and displayed them in a photo album for the judge at the county fair. Once again, he won the 1st place fishing trophy and went on to the Ohio State Fair to compete.
We had been there once before so we knew a little better what to expect. He did the best he could, but competition at the state level is tough. He did not win a trophy, but once again the learning experience was well worth the trip.
Taking these two 4-H projects required countless hours of dad spending time with him taking him fishing. There was no other way to learn. First hand experience is always the best. If these projects accomplished nothing else, they accomplished getting dad to take time out of his busy schedule to take him fishing.
Want to teach your kids more about fishing? Consider the 4-H projects Fishing For the Beginner and Fishing For the Intermediate. Consider joining 4-H.
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