This past weekend, Instor’s Scott Dean and Garrick McPherson hosted the winners of an auction item for a donated fishing trip which was held last December by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, benefiting Christmas in the Sky.
The idea to have Instor donate a fishing trip was the brainchild of Tech Plan’s Bob Atchison. He and Scott Dean masterminded a plan to put two bass boats together on Caddo Lake in Far East Texas.
The pictures say it all, but we think that these two boys (Evan 12 and Eli 8) had a day they’ll never forget. Both boys caught their first largemouth bass of their own on this trip. To top it off, the big fish of the day, weighing 6.84 pounds was caught by Eli!
Congrats to them both for a great day on the water!
We look forward to seeing them both out on the lake!
The importance of fishing can be found in history books of cultures and empires around the world and for kids, has many benefits. Fishing does the following:
- Builds Confidence – As kids build their skills and become more successful, they build their self-confidence. This also leads to a stronger self-concept and greater independence. As kids see they can be successful in fishing, they carry that confidence over to other parts of their lives like school, sports and even developing friendships.
- Enhances Motor Planning – Fishing involves a great deal of motor planning. Kids have to decide how to cast, when to let go, when to reel in and more. They have to carefully plan out their movements and make sure they work in harmony so they not only catch a fish, they don’t break the line or the pole!
- Improves Coordination – It also takes balance and coordination to fish. If fishing on a boat, you have to stand carefully so you don’t fall in the water. You also need balance when reeling in your catch because if you lose your footing, you may also lose your catch! When fishing, it is also important to coordinate all the motor movements so they work together for a successful catch.
- Teaches Perseverance – Fishing takes determination, hard work and perseverance. You can’t give up after only a few minutes. Fishermen spend hours waiting for the perfect catch. Fishing teaches children to keep trying when they don’t succeed. This leads to a greater work ethic which is needed to be successful in school and their future career.
- Increases Independence – As kids build their skills in fishing, they become more confident which leads to greater independence. Once kids understand the safety measures involved in fishing, they can engage in this activity with little to no help from their parents. My friend’s son will fish for hours off his dock by himself even though he is only 7 years old. This is due to his skill level and confidence!
- Teaches Patience – Let’s be honest, fishing can be frustrating for the person that lacks patience! It can take minutes to catch a fish but it can also take hours or even all day before you catch one. This helps children learn the art of patience. This is a skill needed for school, sports and life!
- And so much more...