I took some young folks down to the Bosque River, west of
Waco, Texas to do some fishing. One of my nephews was in
the group. All the kids had bought fancy and fairly high
and tackle, etc. I brought the fishing kit
I had in my pocket which just has essentials in it. I did not
bring a rod and reel at all. The kids thought I was not going
to do any fishing because I had not brought a rod and reel.
When we got down to the river and settled on a good spot
they all started casting around. I pulled up a stout weed that
grows in this area, stripped it down to just the main stem and
rigged up a simple and very basic rig. Since the Bosque is
really just a small river and in many places not much more
than a creek, I could get my hook into the middle very easily.
Using a little feathered jig I quickly caught six nice (keeper size)
small mouth bass, two perch and four brim. I had a nice stringer
of fish and all pan size. Nothing big but "good eats." The kids
were amazed at this silly demonstration. They were catching
some fish but could not believe I had matched or out done each
of them with their fancy rigs. My nephew put up his rod and
fished with a rig I made up for him and he laughed every time
he caught something with my "poor boy" outfit.. He told, "Man,
I paid $80.00 for that rod and reel but I can catch the same fish
with this thing!" I took the jig off of mine, caught some small
grasshoppers beside the creek and did just as well with them.
The kids had never realized that fishing could really be done
and very simply with just some line, hooks, split shot sinkers,
etc., which could all be carried in a small container, a 35mm
film canister, in their pockets. That little session made my day!