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slip knots,kids and closed face reels

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chanfish

I have a 10 and 6 year old who love to fish. They have the standard closed faced zebco push button reels like I had when I was their age. I have problems fishing deep with slip bobbers as the knot gets hung up in the reel. Any advice?? Open faced reels may be a bit too much for them in the boat. I am hoping their are other parents/grandparents who have figured this out. thank you!!

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Chanfish,

I also have a six year old and ran into the same problem with one of those "Bugs Bunny" closed faced reels. I went ahead and let him use an open face ULTRALIGHT and was surprised how well he did. Little son of a gun caught a six pouind catfish and casts like a pro. The ten year old should be able to handle an open face, I think. Would highly suggest ultralight (particularly for the 6 year old) as the rod is shorter and the reel smaller, better for their size hands.

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I have four kids, ages 7-11. They all use open-faced reels. After using the closed-face style for a few years, they all adjusted pretty easily to the open-faced ones.
We don't use slip bobbers a whole lot; still, I got tired of the closed-face reels; they seem to be less reliable than the open-faced ones, at least for me and my family.
Even in the boat, they work pretty well, as long as I space the kids apart. And, of course, when all the kids are fishing, I don't get to fish too much!
Have fun!

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