Fishing is one of the oldest family pastimes. It keeps people occupied, while also providing them ample opportunity to spend some quality time with each other. In addition, fishing is fun and makes summer experience memorable for your child. That is why it has been the choice of weekend and summer adventure for fathers for centuries. Teaching your kids to fish is an experience unto itself. We have tried to keep it simple, so that you and your kids can master fishing in no time at all. Reminder…get a fishing license. You can usually get it easily at a sporting goods store.
Step 1: Find Suitable Fishing Spots
People working at your local tackle shop will be able to tell you where to find the best “fishin’ holes” in the area. Sure, you can go fishing without doing any research, but not all bodies of water have ample fish. So, while you are at it, also ask if they know of any particular baiting spots.
Step 2: Gear Up
Don’t miss anything. You don’t want to be in the middle of the lake with your kid, only to discover that it is a rainy day. So, be prepared…carry everything – fishing gear, bait, sunscreen, rain jackets, bug repellants, snacks, drinks, water, hats, first-aid kits, sunglasses, and anything else that you think you might need.
Step 3: Safety First
The safety of you and your children is the topmost priority. Always remember to take life jackets with you. Also, some hooks might have barbs so you it might be a good idea to not let the kids handle them in the beginning.
Step 4: Casting
This is the time of learning. Kids are bound to make mistakes. So, plan everything in such a way that most injuries can be avoided. When casting, it should be a sidearm cast, as it poses a lesser risk for the kids.
Step 5: Now the Support
Offer a lot of encouragement to the kids because it will help them learn better. Teach them to check if there is someone on their side when they are using a sidearm cast. Kids are born curious and soak up information like a sponge. Explain to them how a float works, what happens when the fish bites, tug a line when kids are holding it to simulate a hit and demonstrate things when explaining doesn’t work. Also, teach them to hold their fishing rod between the 9 and 11 O’clock angle. Teach them how the reel works so they will know what to do when a fish bites.
Step 6: Let Them Learn
One of the first things any parent should know is that all kids have their own unique style of learning. Watching them make mistakes can be frustrating to parents at times. But, you should know that yelling at them or chiding them for mistakes isn’t going to help. It will simply ruin the experience for both of you. So, let them make mistakes, offer advice and make sure that they do not hurt themselves or anyone else.
Step 7: The Catch
When they finally catch the fish and all the photo sessions are over, teach them how to safely release the fish back into the water. But, before that, teach them to understand why it is important to let the fish back into the water. However, if the fish is for dinner, then it’s time for teaching them selective harvesting.