Get your kid a proper angler’s lid.
I spent about three hours at Legg Lake near Whittier, about 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. I caught a bluegill at the South Lake. Then moved to the North Lake at another spot. No bites there.
As I walked back toward the parking lot, I saw this man with four kids who were fishing. I said hello and asked if the kids had caught anything. Dad said, “No, not really.” It was just his second time taking the kids fishing, and they didn’t know much.
Setting up lines for lake fishing
I heard the reel zizzing and zizzing as the oldest kid, Samantha, turned the handle on her reel. Her line wouldn’t reel in. I asked Samantha for her pole and noticed that all three of their poles had big plastic saltwater-type jigs. Samantha’s drag was too loose, which is why her line wouldn’t reel in.
I gathered all four kids around me and explained the purpose of the drag on the reel. I told the dad I could set up their lines for lake fishing. He said, “Seguro que sí.”
We sat at a table where I could re-tie all their lines. Then, instead of walking back to my truck, I walked them to the spot where I caught my fish earlier in the day.
They knew how to cast, which was funny to me.