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Not every troop has among its leaders some- one like Tom Redington, who frequently leads trips out of Lake Fork Marina in Texas. Tom sug- gests finding a fishing guide who works at a nearby lake. “People who like to fish love sharing it with other people,” he says. If that doesn’t work, there’s always YouTube.


SCOUTING: What about troops with a wide range of ages? Fishing that’s fun for a 13-year-old might be dull for older Scouts.


T.R.: As you become a better angler, you want to understand the why’s and how’s. So the older kids can try a new line or rod or reel. Maybe try fly-fishing for the first time. There’s always so much changing in fishing you can always mix it up. Keep chal- lenging them.


SCOUTING: What’s the biggest miscon- ception about fishing?


T.R.: That it’s low-tech—kind of a bubba-type sport. There’s so much research and technology now. It’s like detective work. The best anglers that I know may not have been A-plus students, but they are all perceptive— the Sherlock Holmes-type person.


SCOUTING: Now what if some troop doesn’t have a Tom Redington avail- able? How can they teach these skills?


WATCH REDINGTON cast a line and discuss more ideas on how you can get Scouts hooked on fishing at scouting magazine.org/ fishing.


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T.R.: There is so much available online. I wish that when I got into fishing all these online resources were around. We waited for a couple of magazines to come every month or two—that was it. Now there’s so much on YouTube, like knot-tying and all the basics. The other part is, people who


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like to fish love sharing it with other people, rambling on about it. Like I’m doing today! Find one of us.


SCOUTING: What about gear? How should a unit start building its supply?


T.R.: The best way to get gear is eBay, Craigslist, or something like that. It’s quality stuff at a reasonable price. For my son, I bought a couple of cheap reels at a local tackle store, and they immediately fell apart. So I went on Craigslist and bought some 20-year- old reels that I knew about from when I was a kid, and they work great and hold up.


SCOUTING: OK, let’s say a troop has X number of dollars to start building up fishing supplies. Where should they splurge, and where can they save?


T.R.: I would save it on the rods and spend extra on the reels. The reels have the moving parts. And save on lures and line—they’re going to mess up a bunch of line and lose a lot of lures.


SCOUTING: Can a Scout troop afford to get these fancy gadgets you pros use?


T.R.: It’s like high-definition television and everything else. A couple of years ago it was prohibitively expensive. Now the basic-level fish finders are so good, it’s like playing a video game.


You’ll see the fish lying there and you’ll hold your bait above them and all of a sudden you see the line of fish start to come up. They’ll come up and get it.


SCOUTING: We’ve got to ask: Is technol- ogy making it too easy to fish?


T.R.: Unfortunately not. It’s almost more frustrating now.


SCOUTING: Because you can see them right there?


T.R.: Exactly. I equate it to when I was in college. I knew where the best- looking females hung out, but they still wouldn’t give me the time of day. The fish are adaptable. They figure it out pretty quick and move away.


SCOUTING: What about safety out there? We know about wearing PFDs on the water, but what other risks are lurking out there in fishing?


T.R.: People are always worried about getting the hook in stuff. That can happen, but really it’s a lot more mundane. The biggest risk out there is sunburn. Get the sunscreen; put it on before you go. The next risk in fishing is eye-related injuries. So just wear sunglasses. ¿


BRYAN WENDELL is Scouting magazine’s Senior Editor.


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