Hi Folks, ummm yeah, so I have a 10 yr old son who comes up every summer from Florida to stay with me, and he WAS interested in fishing, but he (we) never seem to do very well. He's only caught one fish in 4 summers, and that was on a guided float trip on the Kenai two summers ago. He's to the point now that he just doesn't want to do it anymore.
I've reached out to family and friends, some of whom are hard core Alaskan outdoorsmen, but no one wants to take us along on their fishing trips, no one knows where to take a 10 yr old and have a reasonable chance of success, or, worse yet, the inlaws brought us and their 3 boys out to Campbell Lake today, gave the kids $2 garage sale junk rods with bare hooks and no bait and sent them off to fish alongside the 15 dogs jumping in and out of the lake and 20 swimmers. I hope they meant well, but that was a set-up for failure. They flat refuse to actually go fishing with us (i.e dipnet, salmon fishing on the Kenai, or even lake fishing.)
So I'm reaching out here for advice. I know fishermen are tight lipped about their sport, so I'll understand if I don't get much response.
I need to learn where I can take my boy and with what gear and have a good chance of success. In fact, I kind of feel like I need a slam dunk chance of success. I think anymore failed fishing trips and he'll just give up altogether. Success breeds self confidence, but failure teaches low self-esteem.
I have a couple of med action 6' spinning rods (bass rods from down south) that I set up for trout. Bought some mepps and vibrax spinners. Fishing up here is waaaay different than back home. I've got a 15' canoe to lake fish from.
I'm going to go out to one of the box stores this week and buy a salmon rod, probably an ugly stick or something similar, but I don't really know how to set up or what to use for lures, other than a pixie.
I'd like to take him down to the Kenai Peninsula as I hear that one can limit out in half an hour down there, but I don't really know the area that well as to what's open to fish, where to park, where to access what rivers, etc. I think I could borrow a dipnet from a friend, but, same story, lack of local knowledge is holding me up.
I'm just kind of fed up with being dependent on others or seeing my kid set up to fail.
Thanks for any help, even if it's just a link to some other thread/article.