by: John Stevens 6/8/2012
This summer, Zackary gets to have a unique opportunity. His grandparents on his mother's side, vacation at Lake Powell every summer, and Zackary is always welcome to join them. Because they are vegetarians, they have always forbidden me, when I was still married, and Zackary to bring fishing rods with. However, this year, that is about to change!
For the first time, they are allowing Zackary to bring a small rod, and a small amount of tackle with him to Lake Powell. I am going to purchase a telescoping travel rod for him, and spool it with line.
Here's the tricky part, I need to teach him to tie hooks, and other knots, and I need to rig him up with a very small amount of gear. Zackary is 10 now, and very adept at casting, retrieving and everything else. I am sure that he will quickly learn tying his own hooks and things, and he already is learning to take his own fish off.
Here's my question for all of you. If you had this opportunity, what small amount of gear would you pack along for him to use? His rod will be 6', Medium, hopefully a relatively fast action, probably spool with 8 lb test mono. My thought is a couple rattletraps, a stickbait/jerkbait, some drop shot weights and hooks and flukes, a bobber and hooks for panfish with some Gulp crickets.
What are your thoughts or suggestions? I would like to hear from you!
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Flyrodn, CO 6/8/2012 1:09:23 PM
For Powell, rig him like you would for Chatfield smallmouths. That is smallmouth county, especially near shore. Those baits will also produce striper and walleye. Coves have some crappie and gills. Finally, a small collection of hooks/weights for catfish would be good. Worms/anchovies, are good baits down there.
takeakidfishing, CO 6/8/2012 2:24:22 PM
I have watched a few shows on Powell.A simple rig that seems to be good out there is a Wacky rig.Some wacky rig hooks and soft plastics and he's fishing.
Coyute, CO 6/8/2012 2:40:47 PM
1/8 oz Jighead and a bucket of Gulp minnow. For Zackary's sake I hope they don't put him on a Tofu diet! Vegetarians. lol Get some bigguns Zack!
gottimetofish, CO 6/8/2012 2:52:42 PM
anchovies are the best on deep drop offs
size 1 hook half and frozen anchovie and no wieght
just hook and anchovie so it sinks slow that is the best for the stripers, at night a whole anchovie with 2 hooks for the catfish in about 20 to 30 feet of water
itchyreelfinger, CO 6/8/2012 3:02:45 PM
go to www.wayneswords.com there is a ton of info about lake powell fishing. If he wants to catch catfish, bell sinker, size 4 hook and a hot dog right off the shore.
Troutkillah, CO 6/9/2012 6:53:09 AM
an ez knot tying pocketbook
JKaboom, CO 6/11/2012 1:52:53 PM
I would include a 6pk of panther martins or mepps pretty universal everywhere.
That is awesome he will get to fish such a cool place!!!
l.c.j.bait, CO 6/11/2012 3:37:40 PM
Zackary have money stashed if its to bad go get cheese burger fries and a shake. Good luck have a great time.
Walleyeone, CO 6/11/2012 5:18:19 PM
Don't forget a top water lure like a Zara Spook or buzzbait for sunset and dawn.
Fishful Thinker, CO 6/11/2012 5:57:39 PM
Purchase a multi-piece travel rod rather than a telescoping model if you can, Tiny. The take Coyute's advice...anything in Powell will chow the G Minnow I assure you, and it's simple. Pack a bunch of them and some juice in a quality sealable bag for the trip. Send him with a popper, too...just for grins ya know!
northernpike, CO 6/13/2012 10:58:45 AM
Leaders...so he's not tying so many knots.