First fish I ever caught was with my bare hands.
I was 2, maybe 3. We were fishing perch at the boat launch by my parrian's shop.
I was looking and saw one swimming close and I snuk up on it and just snagged em!
I still remember the look on my dad's face
I also caught a monster perch from Vortex Springs in Florida on my checkout dive. I just kinda crept up and grabbed him. Everyone tried but failed... not this guy. I threw him up on the dock and everyone cheered