If you think taking kids fishing is simply too much trouble,
you’ve never seen the incredible look of joy on a child’s face
when he or she pulls in that “pumpkin seed” perch. It doesn’t
have to take an entire weekend, it doesn’t have to be expensive,
and it doesn’t have to end with trophy fish for the wall. All it
does have to be is fun. Take a look at a few ideas to make a fun
fishing trip with the youngsters in your life.
Start by taking the age of your kids into consideration. Plan a
trip that’s age appropriate. You can’t expect your five year old
to stand in water and cast a fly rod for several hours, but you
probably can’t expect your fifteen year old to be content on a
creek bank pulling in baby perch, either.
What to buy – If you’re going to have to buy fishing gear,
you’re probably going to want to keep it really simple for the
younger fishermen. There are some great child-sized rods and
reels available that are perfect for little hands. While a
larger rod may be easier to cast, those little arms are going to
grow tired quickly when trying to balance that longer pole.
Where to go – Especially for younger fishermen, a creek, river
or lake bank is fine. It’s less restrictive than a boat and
there’s more opportunity to explore and play if fishing becomes
tiresome. Keep time restraints in mind. If you have a very
limited amount of time, keep it as close to home as possible.
What to take – Safety should be a priority. If you have
youngsters or non-swimmers, take along lifejackets, even if
you’re only going to fish from a shoreline. Make sure they’re
worn when it’s appropriate. Don’t forget to take along something
to drink and a snack if you’re planning to stay more than a hour
What to fish with – The younger the fishermen, the more you need
age appropriate gear. Bobbers are a good idea in some cases.
It’s a way for you to help them tell if they’re getting a bite
without constantly holding their fishing rods, and it’s a sure
sign for them as well.
What to expect – The answer to this one is “not much.” Remember
that you might be ready to sit in a boat all afternoon and never
catch a single fish, but your little fisherman may not get that
same joy. Catching a few small fish will mean the trip is a
success for the youngsters, making them anxious to come back
What to fish with – There’s absolutely nothing wrong with
fishing with worms, and this may be the best solution for a
fishing trip with a youngster. Worms tend to resist being torn
from the hook with a single strike, meaning the kids have more
chances to catch the fish that’s biting.
A fishing trip with the kids is likely to be anything but
productive. You’re probably not going to be able to sit quietly
in a boat waiting for the big one to hit, but the benefits are
many – including an opportunity to spend quality time talking to
your child and giving him or her an important memory.