Veteran Richmond Times-Dispatch outdoors writer Andy Thompson had a recent column about getting his 6-year-old nephew into fishing on the James River — and avoiding alligators.
We’re on the James, in a channel near the James River Park System headquarters. We’ve already caught one respectable smallmouth and seen an 18-inch longnose gar swimming near us – a good morning so far. But we’ve fished out this channel, and Brayden wants to explore. He wants to fish “The Main.”
That’s what he’s taken to calling the main channel of the James, where I told him the big fish are. That’s where we’re headed now – wading, casting, searching for bluegill, redbreast sunfish and anything else that’ll bite. For a while, though, all that’ll take the bait are these stickfish. I unhook him, and we press on.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a Top 10 Reasons to Go Fishing that has several thoughtful suggestions.