Taking Kids Fishing
You can ask a pro who has been fishing all his life and have won a number of tournaments that involved some grand prize moneys and he will tell you that the moments he enjoyed the most are those he spent with his 8 year old son. Kids love to try new things and they are always willing and open to learn about how stuff works- if only it is interesting enough to keep them entertained. There is no greater pleasure than taking the kids out on a fishing trip. If you haven’t yet, you are missing out on a big part of life’s greatest moments. Yes, it is a challenge to make the kids actually take an interest in fishing but this is a challenge that you would welcome every time!
You should always start simple when there are kids involved.
- Get them a basic rod that fits their size- no bigger than six inches longer than the child’s height. Complicated equipments that are difficult to handle will only discourage them. A cheap rod and reel, some fishing line, plastic bobbers and hooks in the tackle box would suffice. Buy minnows and nightcrawlers from the local bait shop. Worms are perfect too! They are fun to catch fish with and also good to play. Once the kids get a hang of it, they could switch to lures like spinner baits and crank baits.
- Quantity is more important to kids than quality. Thus, target small ponds that have been just stocked with bluegills or pan fish. Catching a number of fish on the first few outings will really get the kids going and they would look forward to the next fishing trip.
- Now if you are taking kids fishing, you have got to be patient. They might just end up playing with the worms and the bait for hours and just be fishing for ten minutes in total. You have to keep in mind that the main purpose is for them to have fun. Guide them show them how things are done but don’t boss around.
- This is a wonderful opportunity to teach the young ones a little about the outdoors. You can show them how to catch and release a fish and why it is done, how to dispose of waste and not just litter everywhere how to use the bait, how to handle tackles, respect nature etc. One statutory warning – don’t make it a boring learning session. The last thing they would want is to be feeling like they are at school.
- Pack enough light snacks and refreshments for the kids to get going. They are always hungry and best to keep them full all the time- they might get cranky otherwise. Also carry sunscreen, bug-spray, a small first aid kit, a pant, a sweatshirt or a long sleeve shirt if the bugs start to really bug!
They Could Be Your Lifetime Fishing Partner
When you are taking the kids on fishing trips, make it a point to make it about them. Leave your tackle back at home- come back another day to wet your line. Let the kids have the fun on their day out. You be there, watching and helping them out.
If you can get them hooked to fishing, it is going to be good for you in the long run! It is a win-win situation for you. You get to have some wonderful moments with them and also get a fishing partner for life!
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