Tips for Fishing with Kids

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When was the last time you took your kids fishing? Considering we’ve lived in a small lake town for the past 15 years, it was something we could do often. In our last house, the lake was literally a 2-minute walk out our back door. Our kids grew up fishing. To me, it’s an incredibly simple way to unwind… even with kids in tow.

Tips for Fishing with Kids

Tips for Fishing with Kids

No matter the activity, we’re a family that plans everything we do ahead of the time. I’m the type of parent who sets all the guidelines and expectations for the day even before we’ve left the house. (What can I say, I like to be prepared!) When we’re spending the day out on the water, there are certain things you should keep in mind to help make sure everyone is prepared. We have our typical routine, and a great resource for newcomers and seasoned anglers alike is Take Me Fishing, a one-stop shop for all the fishing and boating information you need. From where to go, to learning how to fish, even those who are brand new to the sport will be well prepared for getting out on the water and reeling in their #FirstCatch!

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These tips for fishing with kids helped us have fun as a family while out experiencing nature together.

Safety First

Living near the lake, we prioritize safety, especially when smaller children are in tow. It’s important to teach your kids about water safety so they’re able to enjoy all the adventure and beauty that awaits them while fishing and boating.

  • Anytime you’re on a boat, and perhaps even when fishing onshore, wear life jackets. Something else you should have handy is a first aid kit, just as a precaution.
  • Sunblock and bug spray are also important during the day and at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. You may find other animals (big or small) looking to say hello. Know you’re in their environment, and be mindful of your distance.

Have Patience

We know fish aren’t always in the mood to nibble the end of your line. Use this time to bond with your family. Teach them to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings and embrace the excitement that comes from that anticipated tug on the line. Watch the little ones gain newfound confidence as witness them reeling in their #FirstCatch!

Kid-friendly Equipment

When you’re learning to cast for the first time, it’s important to have the right equipment that is suited for your style of fishing and level of experience. If you’re going to have your child use a fishing rod,  I recommend selecting a no-tangle option, and practicing your cast before you head out. While easy to learn, practice makes perfect and this will make everyone feel even more comfortable when they’re experiencing the real deal out on the water. A bobber can be very helpful for newcomers (big or small!). Not only do they alert your child to a bite, but they can also help keep the child focused on where their cast has landed in the water.

Be Prepared

Pack small snacks and drinks ideal for one-hand eating. Fueling the tummy helps keep everyone happy, and gives kids the energy they need to reel in their catch! It’s also important to stay hydrated. Make sure you have plenty of water ready for when the family is ready to take a break.

Fishing is for EVERYONE

Fishing is a fun activity for all ages. With just a little practice, it’s not hard to learn how to fish, and families from generation to generation can enjoy time spent out on the water as a together. Capture those moments and share them with @Take_Me_Fishing on social using #FirstCatch

What are your tips for fishing with kids?

Never been fishing before? Make your first time on the water a SPLASH by visiting takemefishing.org for more tips and ideas get your family out on the water fishing and boating. To enter to win a Fishing Kit and $50 gift card, share whether or not you’ve been fishing with your family. If you have, what is your favorite memory? If not, what would you most look forward to?

WINNER: Angela T.

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