I started taking my son out on all night fishin trips when he was 6-7. He wanted to see what it was about, he always went with me to catch bait. One day he asked, dad when can I get a big pole? I said; lets see how u do. Now he has 3 9' reflex rods with amb. 6000. Heres some pics of his progression. He is 10 now. first pic his first channel cat, sec pic, his first flathead totally on his own, third- 28# flathead, he needed dads help and coaching on this one though.... ....... Now i take him with me as much as his mother will allow.