My problem at this juncture was that I needed to get back to work, and our fishing gear was on the boat. Then again, not all of it, as my freshwater tackle was in the garage. Due to salt water’s affect on fishing gear, I had always kept the two separate, but this represented a special occasion in that I needed to help foster my son’s budding interest.
And because it was special, I even let him use my Garcia Mitchell 300 spinning reel with Fenwick Eagle rod, a freshwater combo that my father had given me on my 13th birthday, a gift that I had long cherished, and that had never been near salt water. I gave his friend Gabe a Shakespeare rod and reel combo, and found them some small spinner lures that I thought likely to attract mackerel.
The boys grabbed a bucket and a knife, as well as some hooks and weights for bait fishing, and I told them to break open some periwinkles for bait. Can never underestimate the importance of picking out the right bait and lures. I restrained myself from admonishing them to try to keep salt water and sand off of the rods and reels, and was heartened when they parted as my son said, “Don’t worry, Dad. We’ll be sure to wash them off good when we get back.”