The kids wanted a crack at some cold weather carp. I am not much of a bait or gear guy (I own three ultra light spin rods for the kids, and some jigs and hooks) but carp are a great kids species. A few pieces of corn on a bare hook tossed in a known carp travel lane equals fish on with just a bit of patience.
My kids are old hands by now, and after fighting 20+ lb fish on 9.5 foot long flyrods, the little ultra light is pretty simple. And Elia is better with the net than I am to be honest. Just the one today, but it was nice to see some smiles.
I do need to work on the release, which is more shot put than gentle recovery...nice thing about carp is they are pretty forgiving. Looking forward to some bass and crayfish catching expeditions, and the kids want to stalk carp on the river. Going to be a good summer!