Maria and her son Max came for a lesson. They had been fishing a couple of times already but were looking to improve their skills.
They started off learning to ‘plumb the depth’ using a plummet. This is a weight that can be quickly attached to the hook:
Next they needed to bait the hook – here Max has got the maggot on just right, with the point of the hook standing clear:
With these preliminaries sorted, it didn’t take him long to start catching perch, so then he needed to master the art of unhooking them:
Maria started fishing with the whip in the next spot along. Her first fish was a roach:
We moved on to rod and reel, learning how to cast and wind in (and deal with tangles – this was useful as they had had some problems with this before):
As always, it was a bit harder to catch fish on rod and reel as compared to the whip, but it provided plenty of good casting practice. After a while, Max had his first fish on this method:
They are now all set to go fishing again. With their improved skills they should be able to enjoy themselves catching fish while staying tangle-free.