Now, if you know me, I've caught some pretty big fish in my day. I'll be honest that my heart sank when I saw them pull in a bullhead. They're like the spiders of the fish family for me. I hear they have "stingers" behind their gills or some such thing. So, my usual technique is to just cut the line on these fish. (They are "rough fish" which are technically a nuisance and should not be put back.).
I changed my technique a bit as I grabbed the pliers. Then pinched the hook between the pliers and shook it like mad until the fish flew off the hook and back into the water. I'm sure my fishing buddies would laugh at the site, but hey, they don't have to know now, do they? Anyhow it was good fun fishing with the kids!
With all the digital distractions in the world today, I think it's so important to try and get kids outside and into the great outdoors. They are forced to make their own fun and usually, without even intending, they develop a love for fishing, camping and canoeing. My brother has a tagline on his email that reads, "Take a kid fishing today."
To me, that's good advice.