The Boy And Pike

My son is blooming into a hardcore angler and a pack of northern pike solidified his future!

I’ve been getting my son and daughter out fishing on a regular basis and they really seem to be enjoying their time—I know I am!

But, I have also struggled to consistently catch my favorite fish—largemouth bass. Because they are so abundant and readily available in my part of the country, I feel they offer a great opportunity for my kids to fish for bigger fish that fight as opposed to bluegills and crappies all the time.

Scout's weeklong celebration of Father's Day Your favorite photo of Dad What A's prospect learned from his dad or CLICK HERE.

Panfish are great, but both kids are ready for a bigger battle—my son especially.

So, I took him to a favorite lake where there are good numbers of bass that are seemingly easy to catch—the perfect combination, eh? I thought so. Except I couldn’t get a single bass to eat.

Pike were tearing up my crankbaits. They were irritating me in a big way until it dawned on me, my son would love catching these things. So, I switched his lure and he began hooking up with long, green fighters.

While they weren’t big, the provided plenty of action and my son loved every second of it.

I learned yet again that my personal agenda has no room in the boat when I’m trying to get my kids on fish. I wanted bass, pike were all over the place and I wasn’t happy about it.

That is until I saw the smile on his face each time he hoisted another hammer handle up for the camera.

Enjoy the pix, this was a perfect day on the water!

Related Content

North American Fisherman Top Stories