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Did You Fish Before 10 Years Old??

Old 05-11-2012, 06:58 PM
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Default Did You Fish Before 10 Years Old??

I heard years ago that if a person is taught how to fish before the age of 10, they'll like it for life. I do not recall who told me that but over the years, shy of maybe a person or two, it's held true.

So thus the question.... who fished before age of 10 and does or doesn't like to fish today? I took my daughter and her friends out all the time before that age. She certainly likes it to this 27 year old day as do some of those friends she's kept in touch with. Me? I can recall the 1st fish ever at around the age of 4 and have been hooked ever since....badly...

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I think i was about 6 when dad first took us fishing. We each got a 3 piece cane pole for christmas. It was game on from there...... the brim and specs didnt stand a chance.
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I was very young....started my nephews last year at 4 and 5.....they are every bit as excited for the season to start as I am.
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I only fished maybe 2-3x before the age of 10, even though the family had a boat; and those times were on another persons boat. I didn't get my first rod & reel until I was 13. I didn't become the die hard that I am now until I got my own fishing boat at age 17.
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I fished alot by age 10. Fished the state bass circuit with my father as a pre-teen/teenager.......started driving and chasing "two legged tuna" and haven't fished much since Still love being on the water though.
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4 years old, trout and bass fishing with my dad. 6 years old, trolling salmon on lake michigan and have been out on the big pond ever since! I started my son at the age of 4 and he can't get enough!
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I'm not sure I can even remember the first time, but I have memories of fishing at a very young age...5 or 6 maybe? Started out catching perch on a cane pole. Got my first rod and reel when I was about 8. I cast my little rubber practice plug all around the back yard. That's when I got started on catfish (when freshwater fishing) and hardheads and croakers (when saltwater fishing). By the time I was 11 or 12, I'd get my mom to drop me off on the canal bank on her lunch break and come pick me up when she got off work. I'd have a stringer of channel cats more often than not, and I'd clean them when we got home. When I got my driver's license, I became too "cool" to go fishing or duck hunting with my dad. I didn't hunt or fish for a long time afterwards. I've been back into fishing somewhat regularly for several years now. I'm not really interested in freshwater fishing, so I don't get to go that much since I live 4.5 hours from the coast. But do I love it? Yes, sir.
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First pictures I was about 2 never stopped if it is water I will fish it, had my first boat before my first car. My kids are 12 and 13. Like it started early not quite my passion but few have it.
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Heck, I had my sealegs by the time I was 10. My boy is 10, he fishes EVERYDAY. If it is raining he fishes from our back deck under the awning. He has the fever no doubt about it. Homework would never get done if the rule about homework first fishing second was not firmly in place.
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i am sure that I dropped a line into the water trying to catch bream in Kentucky when I was 5 or 6, but I actually went snorkeling looking for lobster at age 7 before i ever tried to catch a fish in salt water.
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I caught my first fish on my grandfathers boat (a 38 Chris Craft) at either 4 or 5 years old (a schoolmaster snapper still have the picture around somewhere) by 10 I had two spinning rods and my own tackle box, I was hell on the small baracuda and jack crevalle around Marathon and Grassy Key in the late 70's. Anyone living in the Keys at that time knew there wasn't much to do down there unless you fished (or ran drugs, but thats a topic for another thread and I was too young to know about it at that time).
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Started at 4 using drop lines with bells screwed into the old barges on the Hudson River and never stopped .
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My first memory is the sound of water gurgling from the lapstrakes on a 16' Owens cabin boat. At about 4 I remember getting my finger burnt and line broke ( probably a shark? ) while flounder fishing in Delaware Bay on a rental skiff.
At 6 my dad took me trout fishing. He would move upstream of me testing the holes and show me where to cast. The reel was a Johnson closed face.
I bought my first reel @ 11, a Mitchell 300.
Been hooked all my life. Start the kids out as young as you feel comfortable with and have patience. I do not have any children but am proud to know several young men today that love to fish and I was part of there learning curve.
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We lived two blocks from Tampa Bay...and after school and on weekends I would take a 12' skiff and rigged between two bicycle tires and a broomstick, push it the two blocks to the water. I was 9 at the time...
Also, mowed yards to make extra money for my gear. My first new rig was a Mitchell 300 on a Hurricane fiberglass rod. I still have them today, but they are too beat up to still be using...
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My dad was an lifetime fisherman and started taking me to Lake Wateree in SC when I was 5 years old. When I was around 7 dad built one of the first homes on the lake therefore it became a weekly place to go. In those days we fished for crappie, largemouth bass, white bass and catfish. I think the only time I stopped fishing for a short period was when I started realizing that girls were more attractive than fishing. Grew out of that real quickly! During the week my grandfather would take me fishing with him to the local lakes where you paid to fish and could win prizes. I still have my grandfathers and fathers fresh water reels. To me they represent what my childhood days were and are priceless.
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I had my 3-year-old brother in tow when I was 6 and we'd hike back to "hidden pond" in Orchard Lake, MI. We'd catch stringers full of tiny blue gill and bring 'em home to my Dad's delight . . .

He'd clean 'em and we'd eat 'em. We'd fish the Manistee for salmon and troll Michigan for Browns, Rainbows, and more Salmon.

That started more than 40 years ago. My kids and grandkids have all been out with me when they were old enough to endure a whole hour before being hauled back to the dock. There's not one who doesn't want to go when I'm headed out (as long as the sun's up . . . which ain't often).
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My dad tells me he took me fishing when I was a toddler. He'd strap me and the car seat to his 14 ft. Johnboat and he'd fish. He put a cane pole in my hands at 3. I recall a day when I was 5 when we caught 56 crappie in one day. I still have visions of the cove we were in and I have a picture of that day's catch. My parents were divorced and once a month I got to see my dad for the weekend and we would ALWAYS fish! I looked forward to that weekend the other three of the month. My dad and I still fish together every chance we get and can discuss things on the boat we wouldn't otherwise. I can't imagine not being able to fish. I've only met one person in my life other than my dad who enjoys fishing as much as we do which makes me appreciate this forum. I'm sure most on here have the same passion.
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My earliest memories are of fishing with my father, mostly freshwater around 5-6 years old or so on a jon boat in some local ponds/lakes. Pier and surf fishing on the SC and NC coast at a little older (8 or so) had to help my dad catch bait for his king set-up, 12" blues being worth their weight in gold, got my first "trolley line" king mack set-up on my 10th B-day. Pretty much everything from 12 or so has been on a boat, inshore, offshore, freshwater.
Took my little one for her first boat ride a month or so before her first birthday and she giggled and smiled the whole time, can't wait til she's old enough to stick a rod in her hand.
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Not sure how old I was (maybe 5-6) but I used to have a pic of me and my PawPaw with my first dolphin. It was a lot longer than I was tall. That was off the Destin coast. I lost the pic in Katrina

I can also remember catching a really big speckled trout on a dead shrimp in winter time in a certain bayou (I remember the name, but I was sworn to secrecy). The knot (which I tied improperly, clinch knot) came loose right as my grandpa netted him. I remember eating it too.

Ahhh . . . memories
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My parents tell me i went for my first boat ride when I was 9 months old, can't remember exactly when I first started fishing but it was early. I remember my first rod/reel, actually I think I remember all of them!

Every spring weekend Dad, myself and usually at least on of my younger brothers would make the 3.5hr drive up to lake Erie for walleye and perch. Moved to Alaska for college (actually it was for the fish but that's a secret!). Been spoiled ever since!

Fishing kept me out of a lot of trouble, couldn't be out partying when you were getting up a 4 to go fishing the next day with Dad.

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