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Arklamiss Adventures: April and Amanda learn to fish

Posted: Updated: April 29, 2013 08:41 AM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - During the month of May, April and Amanda will explore some activities that are enjoyed by many in the Arklamiss area.

This week, they kick off their adventures by learning to fish in Bayou Desiard with the #1 ranked college fishing team in the nation. Here's how their first adventure went.

"Well here we are we're at ULM on Bayou Desiard. Neither of us has been very successful at fishing, so we actually have two members of the ULM  fishing team here to teach us how to fish, " said April. "Amanda are you ready?"

"I think I'm ready," said Amanda.

"Do you think we're going to catch something big?"

"I think so."

"I think we're going to catch a gar."

"I think so too. I'll leave you to take it off the hook."

And then we got started.

Nick LaDart and Paul Clark were our knights in shining armor, giving us "beginners" some pro tips.

Step one? Fish where you see fish.

"One of the first casts you need to make is by a specific object like this tree here. And if you get a bite that may tell you that there are fish sitting by trees...or that the fish that are sitting by trees aren't biting," said LaDart.

Location, location, location. If you don't get a bite, try a new spot.

The guys say if you are successful in one spot, say grass or a tree, make it a pattern and keep hitting those areas.

Clark says, "That's the secret to catching the most fish."

We didn't have much luck so we headed out on some canoes for a while.

Apparently fish are picky; you have to pick the right bait.

"You gotta figure out what size, what color, what type. There's all different kinds of styles and stuff for baits," said LaDart.

There's no trick to casting but here's some advice on what you shouldn't do.

LaDart says,"You don't have to put your whole body into it like that. It doesn't take that much."

We tried our hand at it.

The guys told us, whether you let the bait sit or reel it end depends on the fish you want to catch.

"You don't want to leave it sitting out there because it could just be sitting there in open water. But if you're reeling and casting and bringing it by as many fish as you can you have a better chance of getting a bite," said LaDart.

Here's some advice if you manage to catch one.

"Once you get them hooked just keep your rod down and keep them in the water, if you're using a treble hook free them with pliers, otherwise just pop them right out."

Or take our advice and get someone to do it for you.

We had some close calls but no luck; not even on the water.

We'll follow the pro's tips next time.

"Fish with confidence. If you think yes today is the day I'm going to catch a fish. You'll be a lot more focused and you may make a lot better casts."

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