For countless dads around the world, a lazy afternoon spent fishing is more than just a pastime, it’s a fervent passion. Naturally, if you’re an avid angler, you’ll want to share this passion with your kids. While this may sound pretty straightforward now, knowing how to do something you do not necessarily make you a good teacher. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some simple tips for giving your kids the best possible start to fishing.
Keep it Light
Don’t be surprised if your kids aren’t showing an immediate interest in fishing. If you try to jam it down their throats, waking them up before sunrise so you can get down to catch the fish when they’re most active, you may only serve to make them resent it! As I’m sure you know, success with fishing involves a lot of waiting, making little tweaks to your technique, concentration and commitment. Most children won’t take to any of these too easily, so it may not be all that wise to take your kids out to the water straight away. Instead, try day trips down to the aquarium, beach, or anywhere local where you’re going to see fish. Hopefully, this will spark an interest in marine life, and will help them become more inclined to a long day sitting by a riverbank.
Get the Right Equipment
If you’re able to spark an interest in fishing in your kids, then great! You’ve jumped the first hurdle. As they continue to grow and develop their skill at the hobby though, you’re eventually going to have to get them their own equipment. Getting your first proper rod is something you never forget, and it’s sure to draw your kids even further into the exciting world of fishing. Now that you’ve got a new buddy for your trip, it may be a good time to review and update your own fishing gear. After all, you’re not going to have the best experience possible using the same rod you’ve had since before your kids were born!
Look up some articles on modern rods, spincast reel reviews, and get a totally new tackle box (you can transfer your lucky lure over!). If your child is taking to it like I did, they’ll have just as much fun as you using all the new equipment!
Teach Them Patience
You might be able to sit on the bank of a lake in the pouring rain for a whole day without a bite, but I’m sure you weren’t always like that! It’s pretty common for children to get bored and frustrated with the slow pace of fishing, and do everything right with no results. Teaching your kid to be patient is an important part of their development as an angler. You’re probably picking some great spots and getting catches that will make their little faces light up. However, when you have a slow day, make a point to teach them that catching fish is just one little part of a successful fishing trip.