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Got up around 7am this morning. Going to hit lake. Kids begged me last night to wake them up so they could go with. So, since they are such good kids and love fishing as much as I do, I wrestled them out of bed and off we went. No boat today, just fished from shore risking the broken ankle from the gnarly rip-rap. Arrived at about 8-8:30am.

Boy were they hitting today. Seemed anything we tied on and threw would do the trick. All in all we caught 30 or so nicer White/Yellow Bass, 10-15 LMB, and I was the only one who managed 4-5 SMB. None of any real picture worthy size, but still a bass. Threw in-line spinners, rattle traps, cranks, and jig w/grubs.

Got down there and I tied a #3 Mepps onto my daughters rod. Boy was using a small rattle trap, and I started with a #4 Mepps Black Fury.

Boy was the first one to get one. His first LMB of season. So proud he was.

Daughter caught her first White/Yellow Bass ever. Very excited. Anybody know how to tell a White and Yellow Bass apart? We were hammering these on almost every cast.

Don't mind her shiner. She ran and dove into my sons bed last week and klobbered herself on the corner of the windowsill. You live, you learn...

Daughter caught this nice LMB that almost made her cry. Although, every single fish she catches, no matter the size, she wants her picture. Daddy is more than happy to.

Boy is a little better on the picture thing unless he catches any LMB or SMB. To him, all worth a picture.

Now, by this time, its around 1pm. Bite is laying off a bit. Hot, muggy, kids constantly heckling me to go. Dad, I'm hot. Dad, I want to go home. Dad, I'm thirsty, buy me a pop. Dad, Dad, DAD!!! As I keep saying, ok, one more cast and we go. So, I buy them each a pop which buys me a little more time to try one more spot before even I am ready to go. Good thing I did.
I was using a #4 Mepps bucktail with chrome blade. Went to new spot, kids satisfied for a couple more minutes, cast about 5 or 6 times, nothing. Just as I am ready to go, I say to myself, "ok, one more cast and I'm outta here".
Well, meet my new biggest LaSalle Lake LMB to date. Didn't have my tape or scale, and wish I did.

I'm sure not the biggest one out there, but for me, a damn nice fish. Still want bigger though.

Anyway, just wanted to once again share a great time fishing with the kids. Have a feeling I just created a couple little Bass monster today. Ok with me...lol
 

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Paul S said:
Nice job!

I'm impressed by the way your kids handle their fish!! You've taught them well!
Thanks for the compliment.

My boy (9 years old) is completely self sufficient. He ties his own polymer knot with snap swivel, takes his own fish off hook, and tries any lure he chooses. Believe me though, took a while to get him to this point. Very impressed myself and at same time, happy as hell. Frees me up to more casting time.

My daughter took her first fish off the hook today. Took 10 minutes, but she was very happy to accomplish this. Didn't want daddy's help. Gets scary being she is only 5 and messing with feisty fish and treble hooks. With the LMB, I insisted on helping instantly. And I only have the patience to watch her for a few minutes before insisting on helping. And she HAS to be the one to put fish back into the water. 5 years old and fishes with a Quantum spinning reel and can cast with pretty decent accuracy. Most 5 year old kids are probably still using the 2 foot snoopy pole. I'd say her only problem is, I have to keep telling her to slow her retrieve down. She likes to burn the lure back.

I set them both up with fanny packs and small tackle boxes with an assortment of lures, hooks, and sinkers. Pretty soon, I wont have to do anything but fish. Looking forward to that day...
 

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Paul S said:
Nice job!

I'm impressed by the way your kids handle their fish!! You've taught them well!
Thanks for the compliment.

My boy (9 years old) is completely self sufficient. He ties his own polymer knot with snap swivel, takes his own fish off hook, and tries any lure he chooses. Believe me though, took a while to get him to this point. Very impressed myself and at same time, happy as hell. Frees me up to more casting time.

My daughter took her first fish off the hook today. Took 10 minutes, but she was very happy to accomplish this. Didn't want daddy's help. Gets scary being she is only 5 and messing with feisty fish and treble hooks. With the LMB, I insisted on helping instantly. And I only have the patience to watch her for a few minutes before insisting on helping. And she HAS to be the one to put fish back into the water. 5 years old and fishes with a Quantum spinning reel and can cast with pretty decent accuracy. Most 5 year old kids are probably still using the 2 foot snoopy pole. I'd say her only problem is, I have to keep telling her to slow her retrieve down. She likes to burn the lure back.

I set them both up with fanny packs and small tackle boxes with an assortment of lures, hooks, and sinkers. Pretty soon, I wont have to do anything but fish. Looking forward to that day...
Nice day for sure, making future fishing pros there!

Maybe your son could show mine. I've shown him dozens of time how to tie knots, and he still loses fish because he doesn't tie them well. I'm going to keep trying with him, he's going to be 14 in a few days.
 
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