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Michael, Malcolm and Ian Strand show off some nice Long Lake largemouth bass. Passing on the Minnesota tradition of appreciating the great outdoors to our youth is something all anglers should commit to. (Jason Durham/ For the Enterprise)

Put the rod down with kids on board

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"I didn't realize that when I took my kids out fishing, I really didn't get to fish."

A guide client in my boat shared the information as our hooks hit the water one morning last week.

It's true. When you take a child out fishing, you have to be truly committed. You're taking them fishing.

As parents, we all want our kids to gain an appreciation for the great outdoors, teach them about conservation and hope they pass the tradition on to their own children one day.

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