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Hey guys! Love this forum for gun owners, anglers, hunters, etc. I have a question for y'all. My girlfriend is an outdoors-type girl. She enjoys hiking & such, but is not much of an angler. I've been fishing for over 25 years & competing in local bass tournaments for 4 years. Recently, she has expressed some interest in fishing some bass tournaments with me. I have access to a friend's jonboat, so that's not a problem. She doesn't do much fishing, however. I was wanting to get a spincast outfit so we could do some bluegill fishing with live bait to get her used to learning how to hook, fight, & land fish, then gradually introduce her into bass fishing. Is this a good idea? I was just wondering. She already wants to deer hunt with me & shoot in 3-D archery tournaments with me. Any adivce will be helpful. :feedback:
 

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Letting her learn how to catch bream first sounds like a very good idea. Bream fight in a very similar way to bass. Plus I can't speak for everyone but I would be willing to bet most kids/and first time fishermen start with bream.
 

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Xd357 said:
She should do fine with a spincast.
Agreed - however, I like the bream idea ...... bass fishing is not a good way, IMHO, to start someone off fishing .... it can be great "at times" and very discouraging - most of the time; especially for a new angler. She needs to "catch" some fish the first few times out to experience the enjoyment of fishing - catching!!

Agree with XD357, a spincast is not bad to start with - can use it for the bream also! Another trick I like to use, get a flyrod with one of those plastic crappie reels - great for bream and they do put up a great little fight with the light rod. BTW - nothing wrong with a good old cane pole and some crickets!!
 

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Just take her is the main thing. Your starting good and I might just add to let her use a " bettle spin " and get use to casting. You might even have a little competition between you by practicing cast at home at different targets. It helps skills alot.
 

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I appreciate all the advice, folks! I'm making careful notes for y'all's tips. When & if she decides to fish bass tournaments, she'll have to use a rod & reel & artificial lures (club rules). The only baits that don't have to be artificial are prok rind trailers for jigs, spinnebaist, & buzzbaits. Folks, keep the advice coming & tight lines!
 
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