Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunfish & Sunshine

Finally, at one of our sites, we have consistently and successfully caught fish. The sweet spot, as it turns out, is a public dock near Community Boating. Just tossing in a line with a kernel of corn in the water will usually hook you a fish in a matter of minutes! Patience is still important as it always is with fishing. Some of our explorers have yet to learn this. But when they do, they will definitely be able to hook some fish.

Happy camper with her sunfish!

The sunfish like to hang out right under the dock so we've been using our underwater camera to see them. We can often see about 4 or 5 at a time just waiting to steal our bait. It's so cool that we can show kids that with the right bait and attitude they can catch a fish. The sunfish are only about 6 inches long- not quite worth bringing home for dinner.

Viewing the fish hiding under the dock

Unfortunately, the little sunfishy mouths and our tiny, barbed hooks are sometimes not the best together, and we have to finagle the hooks out of the fish. When we get a fish that's hooked badly, we all assemble as a (very unqualified) surgical team. Luckily, we have a very high success rate!

Our first rate surgical team removing a hook

Now that we've found the best way to catch so many fish that we don't even know what to do with them all, I can't wait to see what else we can try and catch. Hopefully we will catch a carp or a catfish soon!

Keep on fishing,

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