Yep, you can't go wrong with fishing equipment for Father's Day.

Even if the dad in your family is not an avid angler, you may be able to find something that will spur his interest. Let's face it, fishing is a great way to get into the outdoors. If your guy is not the outdoors type, give him a little incentive to get out of the house.

Those who are not fishermen like to say the main reason is that they don't have the patience for it. Well, there are lots of ways to fish and some don't require patience at all.

One of the most overlooked manner of fishing is with a cast net. That will take a bit of practice to become proficient, but even that is a good outdoor activity. Get him a four-foot net with three-eighths mesh. That is a good one for a beginner and is much easier to use than the larger ones.

The internet is full of how-to videos to help him get started. A small cast net is inexpensive and could open up a whole new hobby for Dad.

I have heard there are folks who don't care to eat fish. While I don't understand that, if your dad is one, then maybe he would be a good candidate for an aquarium. A cast net will bring up lots of interesting creatures that would be fun to have in an aquarium.

Here in the sub-tropics we have loads of interesting sea creatures in most of the water you encounter. He will be surprised to pull up baby squid, sting rays, mantis shrimp and other odd looking animals that live in the shallows. Those and any number of interesting fishes can be had in either the Halifax or Indian rivers and their tributaries. The surf is also a great place to throw a net.

Of course, the main reason to use a cast net is to find food or bait.

If your dad is a boater, he might want to get in on the local shrimp runs that happen in our rivers. Speaking of boaters, another good way to fish without patience is to troll. Take a boat trip to sight see or perhaps to go to a nice waterfront restaurant and on the way put out a couple lines. All you need is a few artificial baits and then just sit and wait for the fish to hit.

We are blessed with lots of great bait shops and the folks there will be glad to help you pick a father's day gift. Rod and reel combos from the inexpensive to the very top of the line may be found there.

If your Dad is a sometimes angler who talks about getting more involved, buy him a guided trip. We have lots of top guides who will be happy to help. Maybe all Dad needs is one trip to show him where to fish and what to use. Watching a pro guide work will enlighten the most casual anglers.

Here in Central Florida we are blessed with some of the best fishing the world has to offer. Maybe with a little nudge your Dad will get into it.

Dan Smith has fished the waters of Volusia County for more than 40 years. Email questions and comments to His book, “I Swear the Snook Drowned,” is available for purchase for $10.95 at (386) 441-7793.

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