For the busy mind, fishing is an oasis of solitude within nature. The quiet or open waters are where you go to gather your thoughts to return back to land with a sense of rejuvenation and clarity, alongside with some freshly caught dinner. This past-time can also be a form of bonding with your children, as you can teach them tips to reel in the bait. They will likely sit quietly side by side and embrace the quiet waters with you.
Just kidding. While catching fish with kids is a great pastime, if there are no fish nibbling they will likely lose interest quickly.
Start With Proper Attitude
Let your kids know that there will be challenges to catching fish. Come prepared with talking points to keep your kids engaged and extend your hopeful, and positive attitude to your child. Be attentive to their physical well-being as well, protect their heads from the sun by stylin' baseball hats or straw hats and fishing sunglasses.
Use Appropriate Gear
We all have to begin somewhere. Instead of frustrating the young one with complicated equipment, give them a cane pole to simplify the fishing process. This, in turn, will give them something to look forward to, as in graduating to a more sophisticated pole.
Utilize Open Space
To avoid hassles of untangling line from trees and bushes, take your children to designated fishing areas which have open casting lanes, such as docks or piers. Therefore they can cast in all directions.
Target Suitable Fish
Shift your focus from trout or largemouth bass as they typically require more finesse to catch. Instead, opt for small farm ponds or huge impounds which will have a decent sized population of panfish or catfish. They will also increase the odds of catching a few, thus retaining the attention of your child.
Use Kid-Friendly Bait
For the faint-of-heart kids, using cockroaches or red wigglers may be alarming. Instead, bring hot dog slices or shrimp which will catch the attention of catfish.
Keep Morale High
To make a pleasant experience for the parent and child, bring snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy and energized. Protect your child’s eyes with polarized sunglasses as they will be out in the sun all day and their young eyes are more susceptible to damage.
If you start teaching your kids how to fish at a young age, they like fine wine, will grow to appreciate it more over time. Be patient, as kids depend on more immediate results and rewards. These tactics will only boost your bonding time and will extend the length of your fishing trip.