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iv only recently got back into fishing and live in southampton... just wondering does anyone have any good spots where we can get some free fishing in? im not overly fussed about species just want somewhere to take my 5 year old son and finally catch something because the local pond isnt very good 

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On 10/1/2020 at 1:22 PM, pablox40 said:

iv only recently got back into fishing and live in southampton... just wondering does anyone have any good spots where we can get some free fishing in? im not overly fussed about species just want somewhere to take my 5 year old son and finally catch something because the local pond isnt very good 

The problem is that anywhere that is free is very likely to be the same as your local pond (not very good) so you might as well pay for a day ticket to fish somewhere with more fish in it.

Keith

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The problem is that a five year old will want lots of bites, which will inevitably reduce with the colder weather. I'm sure you've asked advice from the local fishing shop.

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On 10/1/2020 at 1:22 PM, pablox40 said:

iv only recently got back into fishing and live in southampton... just wondering does anyone have any good spots where we can get some free fishing in? im not overly fussed about species just want somewhere to take my 5 year old son and finally catch something because the local pond isnt very good 

I'm miles away from you so can't help with location, but I recently took my 5 year old grandson for his first fishing trip, and I think he's taken to it.

Like you I couldn't find any safe, free places to take him, so I went to a stretch of canal that's on the books of a club I'm in. He doesn't need a licence, so I don't think he should need a day ticket, but just in case anyone said anything, I just rigged up a whip, (less hassle than a rod), and could say I was fishing, and just showing my grandson the ropes. His attention span is usually very short, in this case a little over an hour, so I wasn't going to pay for a day ticket for me, and possibly another for him. I knew the the water pretty well, and was confident we would catch, a dozen or so roach and perch up to 4/5oz, kept him interested for that hour. He talked about it all the way home, and couldn't wait to tell his Grandma, mum, dad, sister, and anyone else he met, all about his 'day', especially the bit where a roach 'pooed' on grandads hand.

You say you've only just got back into fishing, please don't make the mistake I made with my son years ago after I'd had some time off. Make the day about your son, you will have to sacrifice your own fishing for the day, and concentrate, on him, it's hard especially if the fish are obliging, but it will save your sanity, and strengthen the bond between you and your son.  

I hope you find a place, and your son enjoys it as much as we did, it's a special feeling that I won't forget.

John.

Angling is more than just catching fish, if it wasn't it would just be called 'catching'......... John

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