Some of my fondest memories as a child is fishing with my family. I had a old Zebco 33 rod and reel combo in my hands and was fishing in old farm ponds before I could walk good. My parents made sure to teach me to know how to fish from an early age. Most people think of a father teaching his son to fish out on the bank of a pond, lake, or stream. Not so true in my case.
My mother had as much know how when it came to fishing as my father did. Perhaps even more, because she always seemed to out fish him. Could be he let us out fish him, he was just that kind of man. Then again, could be he had to spend more time untangling our fishing line than actually being able to catch a few bass, crappie, or bream himself.
My parents taught me how to fish with live bait for the most part. My father would cast and work a crankbait, topwater plug, or some other fishing lure to try and catch a largemouth bass or smallmouth bass from time to time. It wasn’t long before I had a fishing lure on my line chasing after those big largemouth bass too.
Over the years since, I’ve spent a good deal of time on the banks of ponds, lakes, and streams chasing largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as crappie, bream, and catfish. I’ve never been big on catfish, though they are a fun fish to catch. I’ve learned a lot and do know how to fish.
I’m certainly no professional angler. You won’t find me in a fancy bass boat chasing a purse and a wooden plaque. I’m just a redneck with a few fishing lures, hooks and a little fishing know how. A lot of my fishing techniques were taught to me by my parents. A lot was learned through trial and error fishing. I hope to pass some of the fishing know how I have on to you and help you be more successful at fishing. So if its largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bream, spot, croaker or any other species I’ve gained a little fishing know how about; my hope is that my fishing articles help you become a better angler.