Ok, I have three kids. My youngest just discovered the joy of catching fish, fast and furious blue gill hitting meal worms. What fun she had last evening. Just plunked that little bobber down next to that old tree stump sticking up out of the pond, and bamb, it went under. She said, "poor starving blue gill". She caught 7 or 8 in about 45 minutes once she got the hang of hooking them. Of course she brought them all to me to take off the hook. She is just 10. My oldest like to fish, she is 17. Not real avid, but will go, even ask to go. My middle is 14. He fishes on his own, with his friends. They fish for anything that will bite. He loves to catfish with me, but he and his friends will go and catch 20 or 30 blue gill in and evening just for fun. One of my son's friends was making fun of him for blue gill fishing. Seems his dad takes him deep sea fishing a couple of times a year. Doesn't want anything under 20 lbs. His dad told him anything else was a was to time. So what, it was blue gill that go me hooked on fishing. That fast action, those 30 to 40 fish in an afternoon, taught me how to fish for other things and gave me many great memories with my dad and brother. Who will be a life long fisherman. The kid who goes deep sea fishing twice a year, or the one who can go any summer afternoon he wants. The one who catches a few big fish where all he does is set the hook and play the fish in. Or the one who learns to do everything from find his own bait to clean his own fish. Sorry, just a little rant, but don't make fun of blue gill fishing. They are good to eat and make great cat bait.