Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Yard Fishing

Every fishing or boating show likes to include something for the kids. Often this is in the form of a hands-on casting booth where the target may be a giant inflatable fish mouth. These booths always have a long line.

This fun can continue in the yard, where you do not have to stand in line. “Backyard Bass” is a game example consisting of three flat, plastic fish. A rubber casting plug “catches” the fish when the line is retrieved at an angle that snags the plug through a slit near the fish head.

Whether at home or on vacation, chances are you can pair some fishing gear with a hula-hoop, Frisbee, or bucket and create your own casting contest kit.  If you do not have a casting plug, remove the hooks off the split rings of an old lure or clip off a hook, with any remnant safely buried in soft plastic. Pitch, flip, cast overhead, or even set the target under a picnic table (vacant!) and try “skipping,” with a side-arm cast, just as you might have to master for casting under a dock or pier. Then, try the contest again with different reel types. (spin-cast, spinning, bait caster, or fly-fishing)

These games serve as a fun way to learn a variety of casts. Kids will gain the accuracy, timing, and control of lures that will result in time that is more efficient on the water.  With a little practice, the kids may even beat you in yard fishing.

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.
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