On a recent road trip through the mid-west, we had a stop in Mansfield, MO. The place we stayed at had a pond on the grounds that was open for the guests to fish. It contain Bluegills, some Crappie and catfish. Since I travel with a fly rod I was going to break it out for the kids the first afternoon. The owner told me that the fish can only be caught with a worm - even more reason to fish it. I had brought some poppers with me for such an occasion.
Here is my eldest daughter with her first 'gill. She is becoming a very good fly rodder and caught a few on her own.
Here is my youngest. She claims to have caught the fish all by herself; who am I to disagree.
My son didn't want his photo taken for whatever reason. But, he wanted to handle all the fish caught and throw them back in. Here is a nice bluegill before becoming airborne.
The next morning, I had a chance to fish on my own. Here is one of many bluegills that smashed the little popper. The kids had a blast and so did I.
Living large in the southwest.