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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 fishing.


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


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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