If you are an aspiring fisher or you’ve got years and years behind you in the sport, you may want to know that not all people are interested in taking it up. Some women might find it boring, but the most important problem that arises when you start your own family is that you’ll find it hard to engage your kids and get them to love fishing just as much as you do.
For your consideration, we have created a list of several helpful tips and tricks you can use to make sure that your son or daughter develops a love for angling that goes beyond the passage of time.
Safety comes first
As is the case with virtually any activity involving kids, you need to make sure that you are in the possession of the right safety-related equipment. If what you will be doing is boat fishing, it goes without saying that you should invest in a high-quality life vest for your child.
On top of that, if you intend to fish during the summer, it goes without saying that you should also bring a lot of sunscreen along. Unfortunately, skin cancer has seen an increase in incidence in recent years, which is why you do not want to take any chances and endanger your kid’s health. Other items to bring along are water, food, a sweater or something to keep them warm or covered, and a quality hat.
Consider their interests
Part of the challenge that comes from teaching kids how to fish is that they tend to get bored somewhat more easily compared to adults. You will have to have a lot of patience to explain everything to the child. In addition to that, if you want to spend several hours on the water, make sure you bring a game or something that can peak the interest of your son or daughter when they’ve lost their interest in angling.
Not all people are patient enough to wait for hours on end for the fish to bite, and you, as an adult, should be able to understand that.
Explaining the local fishing regulations to your child should also be part of the whole activity. Some states might not allow you to use more than two lines, but the best thing about most of the US legislation is that you won’t need a fishing permit for a child under the age of 15. However, he or she does have to be in the presence of a parent.
Show your kids how it is to be respectful to other anglers and to the water environment where the fish resides. Tell them how throwing pieces of plastic into the river can lead to its pollution, making it impossible for you and your kids to fish in the coming years.
Use the right equipment
While it stands to reason that you shouldn’t allow little kids to handle objects like hooks or knives, you also have to make sure that the fishing gear they will utilize is appropriate for their age and level of expertise. If your child knows nothing about angling, making them use a baitcaster rod and reel can ruin everything right off the bat. Fly fishing kits, and spinning alternatives are far better suited for a total rookie.