On the 5th of April it was a very chilly morning, about 17 degrees with the wind-chill to be exact. To my delight though I still had 14 kids show up for class. The kids that showed up sure were troopers; they endured the hour long class received some goodies, and then went on their way.
While enduring the cold the kids learned about knot tying, fish handling, casting, and also learned some information that pertained to the local area such as places to fish.
Jessie was heading up the casting station with some help form Mike. The little kids really had a lot of fun at the casting station. They spent quite a bit of time at that station practicing casting at hula hoops that were placed about 20ft in front of them.
Tim was teaching the fish handling habitat section with some help from Amanda. While at this station the kids learned the proper way to handle fish and learned about the habitat that the fish live in. We had to omit some of the demonstrations at this station due to the cold weather.
Elbert and Sharon handled the local information station and did a wonderful job. They taught the kids about the fishing regulations, the Fish Ohio program, and about how to identify local fish species. They also talked to kids about places to they are allowed to fish, and about the proper ways to ask for permission to fish on private property.
I taught the knot tying, and rigging station as windy and cold as it was the kids did a great job and were actually very attentive. They learned how to tie a palomar knot, and how to set up a basic fishing rig, complete with a bobber, hook, and a split shot.
All in all we had great morning and all the kids left happy they may have been cold, but they were smiling, which was what really matter to all my volunteers, and myself. I will be holding more classes, but I am going to wait for summertime to come along so we can enjoy some warmer weather, and actually be able to get the kids fishing after class. Thank you to all the kids and parent that came out and endured the weather with us to make Whatever Bites Fishing Club’s first Passport to Fishing class a success! Would like to thank Full Boat Baits, Norton’s Sporting goods, Mad Moose Baits, and ODNR for making this possible.