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    My 6yo daughter wants me to take her fishing this weekend. I've never cast a line in my life!

    She caught a fish once, the only time she went fishing, with her dad.

    I've asked around and apparently there's quite a bit of redfin (English perch) in the lakes and ponds around here, so that's what we'll go for.

    And I think we'll try bait fishing as lure fishing would require more skill and my daughter is happy to just sit and play Uno while we wait for a bite.

    I do have a rod in the garage that I bought 10 years ago and never used, so will check if it's still ok. And then I'll go buy hooks, sinkers and a net. And probably some bait shrimp. Anything else we need???

    And any other advice?

    (I asked this question on another forum and 2 women replied: take her to the movies instead. )

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    Haha I loved fishing when I was a kid. I just had a little telescopic rod, even if we never caught anything it was still nice to spend the day with my dad.

    We just use white bait or if that's not available raw chicken, but we just go after flathead.

    My OH is big into fishing he has all the fancy rods and reels but I still just use the same little rod.

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    Try a "tassie devil" lure, gold and black works well with reddies. Just cast it out and wind it back in vaying speeds as you do.

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    Try and fish around some "structure".
    Structure can be weed beds, logs, bridge pylons, lilly pads etc.etc. These type of things attract the natural food (prey)for the fish (hunter). Redfin will also school up so where there is one there will usually be more.
    Check your rod and reel as using crappy gear can really put her off trying it again somtime.
    Make sure the rods runners arnt broken or chipped as it will cut the line easily if you hook up. The reel should spin freely and the bail arm should open and shut properly as it makes casting impossible if it's stuffed.
    Hooks: I would go for suicide hooks in about sizes 1/0, 1 or 2.(It'll be written on the pack so dont worry if you dont understand how the numbering works. It can be confusing).
    Line: 4 to 8 pound will be enough. Heavy line can spook fish and takes out the fun.
    Sinkers: number 0 to 4 ball or bean sinkers will be fine.
    Swivels: The smaller the better. You will only need tiny ones or even none at all if you want to keep it simple.
    Baits: Yabby, worm, shrimp,crickets etc.
    The bigger fish will usually be in deeper water in summer. If you keep getting snagged try a small float or run a small sinker right down onto the hook.

    Let the fish bite alot and let them take up any slack in the line or the rod tip bending over in a consistant arc (rather than bouncing) before you strike the rod back a bit to hook the fish.

    I highly recommend you go to a shop like BCFor similar as they sell packs that will contain all the necessary bits and pieces for about $15 to $20. A good little Jarvis Walker rod and reel combo will be about $30 for a bit of fun on these small fish and your daughter will find it alot more ejoyable if she can use gear that will work properly, thats if your rod and reel arnt working anyore. Dont be afraid to ask the staff in these stores for help with the right gear as it can be confusing with all the diffrent stuff available. They should also be able to tell you the best local spots too.
    Good luck with and remember to take a photo if she catches one.


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    Sorry, I have no useful advice for you -
    I have never caught anything other than a sucker fish, an eel (really exciting because they fight so hard and you think you have something huge) and some little baby fish that I threw back.

    Hoping the menfolk on the forum can help out.

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    I looooove fishing, been fishimg most of my life..You can buy little cheap rods at Kmart, maybe one with an eggbeater reel, they are quite easy to cast. I can not cast a handline to save my life lol...prawns would be the easiest bait to use, you just put the hook in at the tail and push it through the rest of the body. The easiest way to set up the rod is to put a sinker on the line thread the line through a couple of times through the sinker, then a hook. That would be the most simplest way to thread up a line, if you have limited knowledge (men always explain things so complicated lol)

    It's a great past time, I can sit there for ages! Good luck and have fun!

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    Thanks for the tips! I might go visit the local tackle store for some gear - unless I have time to get to the mall. And they'll probably have some advice about good spots and techniques too.

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    I've caught red fin perch with a lure that looks a bit like a cockroach crossed with a ladybug, ie cockroach shape with lots of red gold and black on it. And it makes flashes in the water as you pull it in.

    I think fly fishing might be a bit hard but basic lure fishing - with a spinner or similar - very easy. red fin perch - not my fav fish to eat. very fiddley for not much flesh return, and not much flavour. Though some people like that in a fish. So if I caught another, I'd let it go. Usually we were trying for trout when we got red fin. It is a lot of fun though. I've caught fish where there are not supposed to be fish.

    You might also try a bit of yabby fishing on the side. ie bit of meat on a string and a chip basket.

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    Redfin seems to be the easiest edible fish to catch here and we're not too fussy about our fish. As long as it's not carp!

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    if you're targetting redfin i would definately be using lures over bait. You'll catch more fish and your daughter will be kept more interested as she will be doing something rather than waiting for a bait rod to go off. Pretty much any lure will do, as someone else suggested tassie devil lures are a good option.

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