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Jan 24, 2023 12:46:03   #
Drev Loc: Fort Wayne IN
 
I am recently retired and moved to Indiana in the last year. Looking for input on how to get started fishing and how to learn best fishing spots. Very new to fishing but want to learn to catch Pan fish and bass to take my 9 yr old grandson and get him started fishing.

I realize this is a very broad topic however any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Jan 24, 2023 13:28:20   #
Andy cacciatori Loc: Modesto cal.
 
Drev wrote:
I am recently retired and moved to Indiana in the last year. Looking for input on how to get started fishing and how to learn best fishing spots. Very new to fishing but want to learn to catch Pan fish and bass to take my 9 yr old grandson and get him started fishing.

I realize this is a very broad topic however any input would be greatly appreciated.

Wecome to the stage.
Do you have any fishing gear ?
If so what kind of rods and reels do you have?
And we can start from there or is there a local fishing shop near you that can help you. Or a Bass Pro shop.
I'll try to help you the best I can I live in California I can help what setups that will help you.
Have a good day

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Jan 24, 2023 13:50:34   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Drev wrote:
I am recently retired and moved to Indiana in the last year. Looking for input on how to get started fishing and how to learn best fishing spots. Very new to fishing but want to learn to catch Pan fish and bass to take my 9 yr old grandson and get him started fishing.

I realize this is a very broad topic however any input would be greatly appreciated.


Welcome to the Stage Drev. Do I understand that you have NO fishing experience at all? If so then you should start with very basic gear until you get the hang of it. Places like Walmart have pre rigged rod and reel combos. With zero exposure, I would recommend a Spincast (pushbutton) combo with a Zebco reel, for both you and your grandson. They also have starter kits that include hooks, sinkers, bobbers, snaps etc. Hanging a worm on a hook, a couple feet under a bobber will catch Panfish anywhere on the planet, as well as an occasional Bass. Once you get a little experience you can move up to more advanced tackle like Spinning reels and various types of artificial lures.
As far as best spots in your area, look for small, accessible ponds, where others fish. You can also find small local Tackle Shops that are a wealth of information.
When you pick up your rods and tackle, also grab a couple rubber practice plugs. Before you head to the water, both of you should learn to cast a reasonable distance. It's much better to practice in the back yard than the bank of the pond.
Good Luck and Tight Lines.

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Jan 24, 2023 14:04:35   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
Fred just gave you some great advice. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽฃ

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Jan 24, 2023 15:04:57   #
Drev Loc: Fort Wayne IN
 
Thanks to all for your response and great advice. I will look for a local tackle shop to get started. Thanks again.

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Jan 24, 2023 15:23:08   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
Drev wrote:
Thanks to all for your response and great advice. I will look for a local tackle shop to get started. Thanks again.


Local tackle shops are generally a great source of information Drev. Good luck to you and your grandson, youโ€™ll build some everlasting memories together and please post again on your progression. Folks here on the stage are a helpful bunch and quite willing to assist you in any way possible.

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Jan 24, 2023 15:24:15   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Drev wrote:
Thanks to all for your response and great advice. I will look for a local tackle shop to get started. Thanks again.


That's what we're here for Drev. If there's anything else we can help you with, please just ask. We'd also love to see pictures of you and your grandson when you get out there.

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Jan 24, 2023 15:49:33   #
Drev Loc: Fort Wayne IN
 
Thanks all. Will keep you updated.

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Jan 25, 2023 09:17:21   #
HenryG Loc: Falmouth Cape Cod Massachusetts
 
Drev wrote:
I am recently retired and moved to Indiana in the last year. Looking for input on how to get started fishing and how to learn best fishing spots. Very new to fishing but want to learn to catch Pan fish and bass to take my 9 yr old grandson and get him started fishing.

I realize this is a very broad topic however any input would be greatly appreciated.

Welcome to the Stage Drev If you have a computer or a streaming device You Tube has a new channel called The Fishing Teacher with Randy Blaukat he's a professional fisherman that teaches you the beginner basics of all different aspects of how to fish from rods and reels to lures and everything in between its a station for the folks who don't have a clue about fishing good for kids and anyone who wants to learn about fishing . FRED gave you the best advice about where to purchase your gear Wally World's a great place to get your first gear. Good Luck and Tight Lines Drev don't forget to send us some pictures of your first catch๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

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Jan 25, 2023 09:52:58   #
Drev Loc: Fort Wayne IN
 
Thank you HenryG. Iโ€™ll check out the videos

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Jan 25, 2023 10:07:00   #
HenryG Loc: Falmouth Cape Cod Massachusetts
 
Drev wrote:
Thank you HenryG. Iโ€™ll check out the videos


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Jan 25, 2023 14:23:54   #
Commander Bell Loc: Lafayette Indiana
 
Hi neighbor, I live in Lafayette.
Here is a trick that I use with my grandchildren ages 5 and 6. Your 9 year old will have no problem. This works great for early spring pans and bass.
Get yourself some small hooks size 6 or 8 and a small pencil bobber. Tie the hood on the end, but do not add any weight. About 12 to 18 inches above the hook attach the pencil bobber. Again do not add any weight. Bait hook with 1/2 of a red worm. Thread it into the hook or pierce it several times into a small compact ball leave the tip and barb of the hook exposed. Cast your rod, because of minimal weight it won't go far, approx 15 feet . The bobber will lay on its side. The line will dangle below. If you see the bobber slowly moving in one direction gently give a slite tug or jerk. Just enough to set the hook. It doesn't take much. Many times the fish will have the bait but not the hook. The gentle jerk will eather set the hook or pull it out of the fish's mouth. If you miss the strike the bait is still very close by.
If the bobber stands straight up or just partially, chances are you have a strike. Again set the hook gentle. We don't have flying fish here in Indiana so it shouldn't go whizzing past year head.
Give it a try you'll be amazed at the number of fish you catch.

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Jan 25, 2023 14:59:11   #
Andy cacciatori Loc: Modesto cal.
 
Drev wrote:
Thank you HenryG. Iโ€™ll check out the videos


Drew here another trick I do , when the boys were little I would have them bring there favorite toy to play with in case the fishing was slow.!!
O !! For got they all have there phone's now. !!!
Good luck and have fun.

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Jan 25, 2023 21:06:39   #
holford24 Loc: central Indiana (elwood)
 
There are plenty of small lakes. Around fort Wayne get a book of lakes north you can get it at Walmart find bait shop and they can let you know what you need

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Jan 26, 2023 09:01:23   #
Drev Loc: Fort Wayne IN
 
Thanks all for the information. Really appreciate it

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