Probably one of the most challenging things about fishing with the family is sustaining your kids’ interest in the activity. A child who’s hungry, bored or needs to use the restroom will readily throw their fishing rod into the water faster than you can say FISH. Regardless whether you fish from a boat or the shore, there are some things you can do to sustain the excitement of your kids about fishing.
Make sure your kids catch fish
If you don’t wish to dampen your kid’s excitement about fishing, you should do your homework before getting them to join you on a fishing trip. This involves doing your share of research on the location you will be fishing. If you’re camping by the lake, check out information on how the lake is doing in terms of fishing potential. Check out fishing or parks and wildlife websites for the specific location. You may be surprised to find out that the location is due to be stocked, and a freshly stocked lake makes a good fishing location. You can also ask at bait supply stores or look for fishing blogs on the web. Other anglers can even help you with information on the best fishing locations for families.
Get information on the water temperatures as well, as extremely high ones can cause fishing to be very slow. Invite your child to go to the lake with you just after a hatchery truck arrives so they can witness how it gets stocked. Seeing all the fish swimming wildly as they adjust to their new environment is truly a spectacular sight for a child. After that, you can start fishing. Make sure to set your child up with a bait rig off the bottom and assist them in casting. Once you feel a strike, set the hook and hand your child the rod for reeling in. Periodically remind your kid to watch the line when you aren’t getting any bites.
Teach your kids about fishing gear.
Beginner fishers of all ages require assistance with fishing equipment. Patiently demonstrate to your child the workings of a typical rod and reel, taking the time to watch them practice using the tools themselves. Teach your child to keep a tight line and the rod tip up. To reduce the stress on your small angler, make sure the rod is just the right size for kids. To ensure more room for error, get your young fisher a lighter action rod or one with greater flex to avoid breakage. Check the reel drag to ensure smooth retrieves if they catch large fish.
To start with, you can take your child fishing for bullheads or bluegills, which are plentiful in many lakes and are also easy to manage with small hands because of the diminutive fish size. Success is likely with a light line and small hooks. Don’t forget to bring items that can help your child fish despite the weather, along with useful distractions to sustain their interest or help them when the going gets tough in the water.
Remember that your ultimate goal is for your child to have fun fishing
Bonding with your kid should be your ultimate objective for bringing them along on a fishing trip. Remember that kids naturally have short attention spans so if they want to stop after five minutes, let them do so. Skip rocks instead or find interesting sights in the fishing area to take pictures of. Let your child take a dip in the lake if they want. Fishing can come again later but once your child gets the fishing spark, you’d be surprised at how bright it can turn out to be.