Yesterday we took my 3 year-old grandson Henley fishing at one of the bass ponds a short drive from his home here on Hilton Head Island. The pond has bass, bream, crappie and catfish in it, and lots of turtles and a few other four-legged reptiles that made it hard to fish at times.
Here's the little man heading to the water armed and ready to do battle.
We got him rigged up and fishing in no time with his Ninja Turtle fishing pole his uncle Hunt bought him last time they were down visiting. Once he started fishing, there was no telling him how to do it, he was on a mission and focused on the task at hand.
He fished for a while, casting off the dock, trying both sides, while the turtles watched closely hoping a free meal might fall off his hook. While all this was happening, the other pond denizens took notice and before long we were joined by them. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that any fish that might be nearby swam off to safer waters.
These guys also seemed to be waiting for a free meal. It's likely that some folks can't read signs, or just don't care, and feed them from the two fishing docks, so when they see anyone on the docks, they come calling. They averaged about 6-8 feet in length, and then of course, there was the king of the pond that looked to be a good 10 feet long that couldn't be bothered with us. It stayed on the far bank sunning itself, which was just fine with us.
I don't think many folks get ticketed.......
At the end of the day we had a good time even though Henley didn't catch anything. He was fascinated with the turtles and the alligators, which in itself was worth the trip to experience. The alligators are very cool, from a distance, and unlike any creature I've ever come across when trout fishing.
Sharpen your hooks!