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June 3, 2021
Before Misty Wells became the host of “Let’s Take It Outside” on Fox Sports, she was just a kid growing up in Clearwater Beach, fishing with her father and uncle and developing a lifelong passion in the process. With summer upon us, she urges parents to “go fish” with their children.
MR: Why is fishing a great activity to do with kids?
MW: First of all, it gets them outdoors and unplugged. It also teaches them self-confidence—they are so proud of the fish they caught! They learn about teamwork. Kids usually work together and help each other. Plus, it creates a passion for conservation: water quality, no trash on the water, stay away from plastic.
MR: Are there any fishing don’ts?
MW: Don’t take it too seriously. Make sure the kids have fun. And no yelling!
MR: What are the best spots for fishing with kids in Tampa Bay?
MW: The best locations are the Sunshine Skyway Pier, Fort Desoto Park, Pier 60 Clearwater, Belleair Causeway Fishing Pier and Sand Key Fishing Pier. For bait, I suggest shrimp, threadfins and fiddler crabs. Also, party boats are a great start to taking kids fishing because they’re not expensive and they’re big, so kids have room to run around. Plus, fishing offshore usually has a lot of action!
MR: Congratulations on becoming the first woman to host an outdoor show on Fox Sports! How can we watch “Let’s Take It Outside?”
MW: People can subscribe to my YouTube [channel], “Misty Wells,” and watch Season 1. Also, starting in July, they can watch the show on Fox Sports every week (3 episodes a week) and starting in October, on World Fishing Network.
Originally Published in June 2021 | Photos by Misty Wells