Part 2 of Taking Kids Fishing

The goal of most adults in taking youngsters fishing is to get a life-time fishing partner.  Frankly, the goal is admirable … the road to that goal is usually rather rocky.

Getting Ready for Success

There's a World of Fun Out There - Called Fishing!

In order to keep kids interested in fishing, it is important that they catch fish!  The first order of business is to choose a fishing location where kids and fish can spend some quality time together.

Kids don’t care what kind of fish they catch, they just want … action!   So taking a newbie angler marlin fishing would probably be a disaster.

The idea of riding in a boat for an hour, or more, to get to the right spot for catching large game fish would be a total turn-off for most kids.

Using Basic Equipment

Turning over your new fly-fishing equipment to a new angler is another poor idea.  Kids need to learn the ropes with a minimum of equipment.

For a basic fishing set-up, you need go no further than a cane pole and a few basic items.  For cane pole fishing, refer to yesterday’s article: ‘A Great Way to Introduce Kids to Fishing.’

Your Behavior is Critical to Success

Let kids feel important by letting them help with the equipment.  They are not going to handle items as carefully as you do; try to be tolerant.  Remember your goal: You want a long-term fishing buddy.

A guaranteed day-ruiner: Yelling at kids, barking orders, giving lots of unasked-for advice.  Please don’t get upset when kids make mistakes.

Let kids do their own thing! I can’t tell you how many times my brothers would stop fishing, go tinker with something for a while and return to fishing.

Most likely, the place you take the kids fishing is a new area to them.  They will want to explore or test limits. Try to be flexible – remember that it is their free day too.

Make a big “to-do” about anything they catch. Please don’t do what my father did with my first big fish.  He took it off the line and promptly cut it up into smaller pieces for more bait.  I  was crushed!

Take breaks; praise kids for their efforts.  Try to instill a respect for nature.


The most important suggestion:  Quit fishing when kids get tired or lose interest.  Remember: Tomorrow’s another day!


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Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 12:04 am  Comments Off on Part 2 of Taking Kids Fishing  
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