At the end of a day of fishing, there’s nothing like frying and eating a trout that you and your kids caught yourself. One of the best ways to share this experience is by taking your kids to a local trout pond where they can fish for filled trout.
Get your bait and fishing tackle
A trip to a local bait and fishing shop will help you acquire the basic tools you and your children will need to catch trout – an affordable spin-cast rod and reel combo that comes with a fishing line already on the reel and hook is supplied, split shot (weights to get the bait to the fish), and a bobber (if it dips below the surface you will know a trout took the bait).
This shop also sells worms, the best live bait for you and your children. Let the clerk show you how to bait the hook. It’s a very simple procedure. Also buy a stringer. This is a metal chain or rope that keeps caught fish in the water (to keep them alive) until it is time to go home.
Let your kids catch the fish
At the pond, bait the hook for each child. Then bait your hook. Have everyone toss the bait hook into the water. If the bobber goes down, tell him to roll the line up. When the fish emerges, take it in your hand and remove it from the hook. Bait the hook again and have it cast again.
When you and the kids have caught enough fish to eat, retract the stringer and take out the fish for them. You can learn how to do this for yourself later. Dispose of the guts properly (there should be a garbage can nearby), put the fish in a refrigerator, and drive home.
There are many ways to fry freshly caught trout. One of the easiest ways is to roll the fish in a cornmeal-flour-egg batter and place in a pan with hot oil. Cook each side for three to four minutes, then place on paper towels. Fried potatoes are ideal as a side dish.
When you’ve finished cooking all of the fish invite everyone to sit at the table while you serve one of the best meals they’ll ever have. The memory of this meal will last a lifetime and your children will surely ask you, “When can we do this again?
If you are a mom with little fishing experience but have kids wanting to learn to fish, you may initially be confused about the different types of gear available to anglers. No reason to worry. Simple trout fishing is really easy. The best place to start is on takemefishing.org. The website contains information, tips, and tricks to help you get started.