These days kids would just love to stay indoors with their play stations and computer games. Who wants to go out and get their hands dirty? You also feel this has also somewhat distanced you from spending quality time with your kids. Have you ever considered taking them fishing? You love the outdoors, you love fishing, why not give it a try? We have to agree that no matter what, kids will be kids; they would love to get dirty in the outdoor, given an opportunity. If you can show them a good time, you are raising a fishing buddy for life!
The best thing to do is start early, start young. It is better if you can get them on a boat, or on a pier. You need to be extra cautious about their safety though. You should also keep it simple. Head out with a few simple hook, bobber and a night crawler. If you are taking your kid fishing, you should let them do all the fishing. It is better if you don’t plan to fish. This way you can pay attention to them and show them how to go about it. You can show the kids few basic fishing knots, show them how to hook the worms, how to handle the rod and the reels.
Choose a place where there are plenty of fish to catch. Refer to the fishing guides to know more about the nearby lakes and streams where you can catch a lot of fish. Waiting thirty minutes for a bite on the line can be pretty tiring and irritating for kids. You don’t want the kids to wait to wait that long.
Kids need encouragement. For every fish they catch, you should forget to cheer them and motivate them. Show them that you are equally excited along with them when one of them has hooked a fish. If they happen to do something wrong, explain the correct process to them. It is not a good idea to be short tempered.
Keep the fishing trip about them. It is their outing, if they want to throw around pebbles, splash some water around, play with the worms, let them. At least they are having a good time outdoor- that was the main intention behind this trip. You might want to give them a few fishing tips as well.
Fishing all day in the water under the bright hot sun may not be an idea of a good outing according to them. It is better if you can keep the fishing trips short so as to not to be a reason for any discomfort. You don’t want them to think that daddy has taken them o an outing that made them fall sick. Let them get familiarized to the surroundings and then you can lengthen the trips.
Teaching the kids a little bit about conservation on fishing trip is a great idea. When they catch a fish, hold it and show them the gills, fins, eyes and tell them why it is like that. Teaching them to catch and release is important and interesting at the same time. Tell them that releasing the fish back in the water makes sure that there would be more and more fish for the future. Bringing home only the fish they can eat and releasing the rest is an excellent practice to introduce. Make it an experience that they will never forget and they learn to enjoy the bounty and beauty of nature at its best.
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