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TOP FIVE POND FISHING
TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL YOUNG ANGLERS
Secrets from the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby
April 12, 2004 - KETCHUM,
Okla. Young, beginning anglers
have been heard to ask, "Don,t we need to fish from a boat
to catch fish?
Parents and guardians, take
note. The correct answer is, of course, "no.
The proof? Tell your young fishing
partners about the fish-catching
success of the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby, the
program that hosts more than 300,000 bank anglers at fun fishing
held in every state. By the way, they,re free and all kids from
6 to 16 are
An inquisitive young angler
may ask, "How did they catch their fish?
To answer that question, here
are the top five fishing secrets revealed by
the successful young anglers, tips compiled by the people at
Fishing International, the Ketchum, Okla. company that produces
successful coast-to-coast youth angling program.
When you arrive at the pond,
choose your fishing location so you can fish
with the "either-or technique. That means being able to
cast your minnow
to water that is either lit by the sun or in the shade, casting
with either weeds or clear areas, and casting to water with both
and deep spots. If a creek drains into the pond, that,s a good
fish because it brings fresh water into the pond, which fish
like, with a
current that brings the food to them. Fish don,t like to swim
current. They,ll be hiding behind a log or a rock. Let the bait
the current to where the fish are waiting.
The most successful young anglers
use worms or minnows and put the bait
under a float which they watch very carefully. The secret, they
say, is to
let the fish take the bobber completely under the water and start
away. That,s the time to strike. Coach your young pro on the
patience. If they strike too soon, while the fish is just nibbling,
they do is take the food away from the fish.
Successful anglers on the Wal-Mart
Kids All-American Fishing Derby trail
say that if they,re not catching any fish, they change something.
they change the depth of the bait by sliding the float up or
down the line.
Usually, fish are close to the bottom which makes it important
to get the
bait deeper. If that doesn,t work, the young anglers change bait
move to another area.
Good pond anglers know that
pond fish scare easily and understand how
important it is for people on the bank to speak softly and walk
They also say they wear natural colors like green, blue, brown
or even camo
to help them blend into the background.
The young anglers who most often
catch fish say when they get a fish on the
line they reel it in slowly but always fast enough to keep the
between the fish and the tip of the rod. If it,s a big fish that
run, they stop reeling until the fish has turned and started
to swim back
toward the angler.
Adults who want to take their
young anglers fishing can find events on the
official web site of the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby
www.kids-fishing.com. Go to the Derby Locator section and enter
code. The results will show the closest derbies, indicating where
they will be held and, often, how to get there.
The Wal-Mart Kids All-American
Fishing Derby is made possible by the
generous support of the program,s corporate partners including
sponsor, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., BAND-AID® BRAND ADHESIVE
BANDAGES, Bar-S Foods Co., Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Trilene,
DMF Bait Co., Dubble Bubble
Bubble Gum, Eagle Claw, Edy,s Grand Ice Cream, EverStart Batteries,
FishingWorld.com, Fujifilm, Kraft Foods, Laker Fishing Tackle,
Instant Hand Sanitizer, Repel Insect Repellent, Zebco and Nestle
North America, which markets the natural spring water brands
Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Poland Spring, Zephyrhills,
* * * * * *
A FISHING TIP FOR KIDS FROM
SEBASTIAN T. BOBBER: Wear "polarized sun glasses when you,re
fishing. Not only does it make it easier to see fish
and things in the water, put it protects your eyes from the suns
rays, especially those reflecting off the water. Hey, visit me
at Sebastian's Corner at www.kids-fishing.com. I've got more
fishing tips for you.
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