Mike's First Fish

Saturday, November 16, 2013 , , 9 Comments

My good friend Mike had never caught a fish before nor had he been fishing so this saturday I took him out to some area lakes for trout fishing. Other than winds up to 26 mph and some initial overcast it turned into a fantastic day for November with temps hitting the mid 60's. Even with the wind he learned how to cast proficiently with gear and recover from snags. We first went to Lake Shawnee and had minimal luck. I caught a singular smallish Largemouth Bass and didn't see anyone else having much luck either. Seeing this we decided to head to a smaller lake near Lawrence. Here we both had success. I caught 2 Rainbow Trout and Mike got his first Rainbow and first fish ever. Needless to say I was delighted to have been able to participate in this. I can only hope I was a decent instructor and have inspired a new appreciation for the outdoors and perhaps a new hobby as Mike informs me he is now in the market for a fishing rod. To Mike--well done sir and you are free anytime to fish with me. Truly one of the greatest honors for any angler is the ability to share our passion and knowledge, actively ensuring a continuation of our sport. 

This small Largemouth Bass is all we could scrounge from Shawnee Lake.

First Rainbow Trout of the day. 

Well done Mike! 

This is why we as anglers are always extending our "last cast", this guy proved to be my biggest trout from Kansas. 

It had been years since I had fished conventionally for trout, I employed the usual suspects that have always performed well for me: blue/silver spoons and brightly colored in-line spinners. 


You never forget your first trout. I always used Panther Martins when I spin fished.

Atlas said...

Never tried Panther Martins but have heard good things.

Usually the first fish for a non fisherman is all it takes to get hooked--by the way those are some nice looking trout--thanks for sharing

Atlas said...

Thanks for the comment Bill, and yes he did in fact get his own set up this evening.

Mel said...

Well, well, then that makes it a great day! Not only introducing someone to fishing, catching their first fish, etc. The knockout comes with him purchasing his first fishing gear. Thanks for sharing, Atlas.

Atlas said...

Thank you Mel, as I noted it truly is an honor to be able to share something I love so deeply.

Daniel said...

Nothing like getting a friend hooked on fishing. Great blog, I just added you to my roll.


Atlas said...

Thank you sir, I greatly appreciate that. I will return the favor.

B r y o n said...

Enjoyed your blog Atlas!