Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:05 AM
Some Helpful Hints Taking a Kid Fishing.
It's not just about the catching. It doesn't matter if you are on a boat or an embankment of a river or lake.
It's about the adventure and the memories you are creating with them.
Here are some ideas to help the trip go smoothly and over all, more enjoyable for them as well as yourself:
- Comfort - Take a lot of potty breaks and snack breaks. Make sure they are warm and dry by bringing jackets, hoodies, umbrellas small blanket, hats, and sunscreen.
- Equipment - Make sure you bring a lower chair that they can sit in easily. Also include a smaller fishing pole that they can hold onto better.
- Play Break - Take a break and let them play at a local, near-by playground or simply let them explore the edge of the water and sand.
- Bring a Friend - Allow them to bring a friend to share in the experience. Who knows? You maybe helping to encourage the next generation of great fisherman.
- Photos - Don't forget to take lots of photos of your fishing trip. You can make a collage of photos for a scrapbook or the refrigerator door. Frame your child's favorite one for their room.
- Fish Book - Head to the library and bring a book of all the different species of fish in the area you are fishing at. If you catch a fish, be sure to look it up in the book and learn about it.
- Food Chain - Use this time to talk about science and the food chain. Talk about the different types and sizes of fish and how that plays into the food chain. Every living thing eats.
- Squeamish - If the child is a little unsure about using live bait, then use rubber worms, soft plastic lures or other lures. If they are unhappy about touching the fish then try bringing a glove to use.
- Stories - Tell stories of when you were little & fishing for the first time. Make jokes & laugh about the mishaps of the day. You could even make up a fishing story together. The crazier the better!
- Catch and Release - Show them that by letting the little ones go, we are letting them grow up and get bigger. Talk about the laws and the size of the fish that you can keep. If you do clean the fish for dinner, talk about how it is feeding the family and how God made fish for food as well.
You will want to make sure the first few trips are as enjoyable as possible, paving the way for future trips and grand adventures!
Remember, it's not about fishing. It's is about the time spent together enjoying each other in the great outdoors!
Don't wait so long next time! Plan your next trip now! What are you waiting for?