The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game organized a family fishing festival on Spot Pond together with local police. We headed down there today to try out local fishing for the first time and see if Conor had a taste for it. They had rods that you could borrow, free bait, free food, and a professional bass fisherman, Gene Ellison. He was really friendly, as was everybody else. It was hard to get a spot to cast your line without being decapitated by others (or having your 3-year-old aim a hook at someone’s eye) but it was an excellent first fishing experience for me and the boys.
The Stoneham library has a new pass this summer that lets you rent a boat for free on Spot Pond or Lake Quannapowitt so that will be a fantastic way for us to try out a new activity without investing too much in it. It can be hard to abandon an activity if things go pear shaped with the boys if you have spent a lot of money to bring it about. And Conor can bring his new rod that we won in the raffle out on the water!