I'm trying to teach my 2 young boys (5 and 7) to "LOVE" fishing
. I grew up freshwater fishing
in the midwest, but now I live in San Diego
. We have a boat that we keep in a marina in San Diego
Bay and I'm trying to find them "catching", not fishing.
When I was a kid, we'd go fishing for Bluegills or Crappies and always enjoyed it because we were 'catching' little fish
with the occasional bass, pike, or walleye. I loved it!
I've tried fishing in the marina with the boys, but the small bait fish
(1 to 3 inches) are tough to get on the hook. I'm looking for suggestions on bait, hook sizes, lures, and techniques for catching fish commonly found in the SD Bay marinas
Also, we've baited the schooling bait fish with cat food
and snorkeled to observe. I've noticed 'a lot' of larger fish just below the baitfish. They are in the 3 - 8 inch range and eat the bigger chunks. I also see an occasional 'flash of silver' that comes up and takes the bigger bait fish (about 8 - 10 feet down).
Right now I use light action spin casting rods with small hooks and pieces of shrimp, chicken, hotdog or steak. We've caught a handful of the little bait fish (3 inches), but we miss 95% of the nibbles.
Any suggestions and/or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks and have a great one!