Being girls it took a lot more coaxing for them to handle the bait, the fish and the hook, but after some positive encouragement and a bit of bribery , as I told them they couldn't get their fishing fun badge unless they did all of the above at least 3 times! Aren't I mean! By the end of the session all the girls were handling the fish and the bait like pros. I was so proud of them overcoming their girly squeamishness:). I say this while I didn't touch a fish or a maggot the entire time there...none of the girls noticed:)! I am sneaky too;)!
|Learning about the types of fish in the man made lake|
|Most of the fish we caught were Rudd and small were pretty small:) But the girls didn't seem to notice the size at all|
|Princess was the first to get over her squeamishness and handled the fish easily and after removing the hook, she gave each fish an extra maggot in their mouth before tossing them in the lake...soon several other girls were following suit:)|
|A fish that almost got away|
|Giving the fish an extra maggot because and I quote "they have been thru so much, Mom"|
|Using a degorger to remove the hook that the fish swallowed. Quite a nifty little tool.|
|The biggest fish caught of the day|