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  • There is nothing like having the family all together - by Shipahoy41

    There is nothing like having the family all together. We have all heard talk about the "generation gap" and there has probably never been a larger gap than there is today. Think about how everything has changed from the time when many of us were young. The music has changed. We have gone from the "The Temptations and Smokey Robinson” to "Gangsta Rap." Dress has changed. When I was a boy we used to patch holes in blue jeans. Kids now want to cut holes out of blue jeans. They want to “droop” their pants. Fashion has changed. Women are not the only gender who are wearing earrings. Now everything is pierced from the nose, the tongue, the lip, to the belly button. Let's face it. We have teenagers who are out of control, and kids in elementary school who are already committing violence without feeling anything in their consciences.

    F.A.M.I.L.Y. = Father And Mother I Love You. Regardless of who we are today, or what status we might have achieved in life, it is because we are standing on the shoulders of our family. It is their blood, their sweat, their prayers and their tears who have birthed us.

    It doesn't take anything but the physical equipment to be a parent, but it takes a hard work and commitment to be a Christian parent. That parent is probably the parent who is taking the time to introduce their child to crappie fishing. We all should take the time to reach and teach our youth about fishing before it is too late. They are all eager to learn. Don't make it boring but just reach out to them and show them a few knots and lures to help them catch some fish. They seem very interested with whatever you were showing them. They know you can never sell young individuals short. You may be teaching them something, but if you hang out with them long enough, you will find that they are intelligent, and if you listen, you will learn something, too.






    It's adults, it’s crappie fishermen, who volunteer their time to teach or mentor kids, that will keep the kids you influence from becoming the kind of "bad news" that we hear on the news all the time. It is crappie fishermen who provide the teaching and guidance in life and fishing to the next generation.

    Everybody has a hero or a mentor they look up to when it comes to fishing. Parents, and fishers of men, can help get someone started by taking the whole family fishing a few times a year. A crappie fisherman never give up on catching a fish and never gives up on life and lives it to the fullest. Crappie fishermen are very competitive when it comes to being one on one with the fish. At the end of the day though, they are just happy that they are blessed enough to enjoy God's great creation.






    We all should take the time to reach and teach our youth about fishing before it is too late. They are all eager to learn. Don't make it boring but just reach out to them and show them a few knots and lures to help them catch some fish. They will be very interested with whatever you are showing them. It is a way to get kids out doing something that they might not have done ever before. You will find that they are intelligent, and if you listen, you will learn something, too. Take the time. Make the time to teach or mentor the youth about Crappie fishing. Together, we can influence them into doing something fun and positive and perhaps they will not end up "in trouble that we hear on the news.



    You all have a lot of information to reach and teach the youth about fishing. Your opportunity might come because of your affiliation with a youth group at church, volunteering with a cub scout group, as a parent volunteer or teacher’s assistant in a classroom or reaching out to help in a fishing derby. I can remember, taking a bb split shot, flattening it on a jig hook and making "Aspirin head jigs". Yes I painted them with a shot of spray paint, not fingernail polish. I made a "Poor man's fishing bucket" with a detachable rod holder for fishing from the bank. I made "The Quiver carrier" out of PVC to carry rods through the woods and keep them safe from the trunk in your car. I started tying lures and making ice jigs at the age of 11. I owe my love of fishing to an old man who stopped by one day and took me fishing.

    My Dad (Deceased) taught me how to fish and took me fishing



    My brother (Deceased) Gave me a love of boating

    Comments 5 Comments
    1. litewirehooker's Avatar
      litewirehooker -
      Great reading and so true today....It's kinda sad to say some children would rather play video games than go fishing.
    1. Jig'n4Crappie's Avatar
      Jig'n4Crappie -
      Thanks for the read, Ship. Your thoughts are so very true. I can say that I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents and grandparents that taught me about fishing from as early as I can remember...fresh & saltwater. As I look back I now know it wasn't just about the fishing...it is a common bond that we all have an interest in that we still have to this day. Many children have not been as fortunate. You are right as most kids are interested in fishing, but just haven't had the opportunity to go and be taught. I've been involved with taking kids from a children's home fishing in past years and that has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Just watching their enthusiasm made my day and the thank you letters gave me a great feeling. Hopefully it made a difference in their life as well. Take a kid fishing!
    1. SlabLapper4sure's Avatar
      SlabLapper4sure -
      Nice pics and perceptions! Hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    1. Speckanator's Avatar
      Speckanator -
      You bout covered it all, Thanks!
    1. jackie53's Avatar
      jackie53 -
      Great story thanks!!!!!!!
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