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How Do I Get My Kids Into Fishing?

26 September 2023

Fishing is a classic pastime many people have fond memories of from their childhood, in what probably seemed like simpler times. But how can you get your own kids to feel the same enthusiasm about fishing, in an era when they have so many other activities and distractions? Here's some tips. 

Start them young

Make fishing part of your child's life while they're young. Take them with you on short fishing trips where they can experience the anticipation and excitement involved in catching a fish. They may get bored and restless, so try to find a site with a nearby playground or space for them to run around. As they get older, you can take them on longer fishing trips where they can learn more and try it out for themselves. It’s important to make sure they’re enjoying the experience, so they’re keen to keep going with you. 

Make it a family affair

Fishing trips can be a special family time where you can connect with your children and spend time together in a peaceful environment, away from the stresses of normal life. Teach your kids about the wildlife that surrounds them and see what they can spot. Try to make it a regular event and take along other family members if they show an interest too. This way you can pass on the pastime to the next generation and give them a lifetime of fishing enjoyment. 

Get them the right equipment

Your kids are likely to get more out of fishing trips if they have suitable equipment of their own to use. You don't need to spend a fortune on top-of-the-line gear, but you should get them a rod and reel appropriate for their size and skill level. For smaller children, look for youth models or combo sets that come with everything they need to get started. It’s also a good idea to get a tackle box and some basic tackle, such as hooks, weights, and lures.

Teach them patience

Fishing requires a lot of patience, both in terms of waiting for bites and waiting for results. If you expect your kids to stick with fishing, it's important to teach them patience from the start. One way to do this is to set realistic expectations; don't tell them they're going to catch a fish on their first cast or that they're going to catch a big one. Just try to get them to enjoy being outdoors with their family and friends. It’s also important that you are patient with them - children struggle to sit still for a long time, so let them take breaks - bring a frisbee or football or take them to the playground. 

Take them to the right spot

There's no use in having all the best equipment if you're not going to be able to catch any fish. A great spot for beginners is one with many access points, such as a pier or a dock. This way, they can cast their line without worrying about wading in and getting wet. If you're not sure where the best spots are, ask around at your local tackle shop or bait store or look online.

Photo by Jed Owen on Unsplash

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