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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bradford, PA (Mckean)
What CAN the adult do for a mentored youth?
My son is 4, going on 5. He is a very avid fisherman for his age and can often do most everything on his own, including catching fish through the ice. I intend on buying him the voluntary mentored youth permit tonight to take him out in the morning.
We typically fish delayed harvest streams near home, and the way this 4 year old can work a spinner unassisted would dumbfound you (it still does me). However, we got a storm yesterday.... Creeks are blown out. In leiu, I'd like to take him to a stocked pond nearby.
Typically I just let him do his thing, and I just fix the occasional tangle or snag. BUT, I know it will be busy at the pond tomorrow. So, my question is; what can I as the adult, while my son is fishing approved trout waters, do to assist him? He is fully capable of reeling in his own fish unassisted. However, we will be using bait tomorrow. I know he will need me to bait the hook, and cast the line in for him. I would immediately set the rod down and he will set the hook and retrieve the fish once he gets a bite. Not the it matters, but we most likely won't be keeping any fish.
Am I in any violations here? (Baiting hook and casting line for the mentored youth.)
Thanks in advance!