My little boy Luca turned 3 yesterday. It’s been a while since my first fishing trip with him and he has been talking about going fishing, catching Breamies and Gooey Fish ever since (For those who don’t watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, that’s the type of fish Mickey and his crew catch). Since then, it has been pretty clear what one of his presents from Lauren and I would be for this third birthday, his very own fishing rod and reel.
Now, if Luca does in fact inherit the fishing genes, one thing I’d rather he not develop while I’m paying, is a taste for high end rods like his Uncle Greg. For the moment though, he now has his very own Daiwa Aird 662LFS rod with a matching 2000 size Daiwa Aird reel.
Why did I choose these? The rod is 6’6″, arguably it may seem a little long for a 3 year old but part of me believes that he should learn with the real thing rather than having to transition at a later date from a ‘kids’ miniature sized combo. The 2000 size Aird is also a great buy. Despite being at the lower end of the price spectrum they are a fantastic reel. If you are up on all the Daiwa features, the Aird includes: Airbail, Digigear II, Twistbuster II and ABS as well as having a composite body which makes it a lightweight reel. To top it all off, if I’m ever in need of a spare reel I may just have to borrow Luca’s. That aside, I think one of the best things about this combo is that it can be purchased as a pre-mounted 2 piece combo with a RRP less than $150. Now all I have to do is spool it up with line before we can go out fishing.