In today’s society free time isn’t easy to get, we are always working or doing things that have to be taken care of. The biggest loss this causes is to our kids. It seems that we never quite get to spend enough time with them. That is why you should take your kids fishing. It’s a fun family activity that isn’t very expensive. And it takes place outside in the fresh air.
I know that fishing isn’t feasible for everyone; maybe you live in a big city with nowhere to fish. But for the rest of us, a fishing hole is often a few miles away. Taking a kid fishing can be a great bonding experience. Even if you’re not a fisherman or woman yourself, you can take the kids as you learn a new hobby. And most kids love to fish, especially with their parents.
If you just hate to fish, but your kids would like to go, there are many organizations that would help. The Kids All American Fishing is one.KAAF provides opportunities for kids and their families to get out and fish. Check their site for more details and locations of events. There are many more programs like this one, at the state level as well. Just Google “Take a kid fishing” and you will find one in your state probably.
Finding a place to fish
This can be difficult in some areas but it can be overcome. Even a small creek may contain fish, but in all cases fish on public land, or get the land owners permission to be there. The best way to find a fishing spot is to go to your local sporting goods store or bait shop. People who run bait shops have a interest in more people fishing (so they have more customers) they will be glad to tell you where to fish.
Equipment and bait
Ok you don’t have to spend a small fortune to take a kid fishing. If the kid is 6 or younger you can probably get by with one of those little kid poles for about $8. An older child can use a Zebco 202 or 404 reel, both are easily found for under $20. For that matter an adult can get by with the 404 if you are not a die hard fisherman. For teens and adults I recommend the Zebco 33, this is a good solid reel. No I don’t work for them, I just like their reels.
Bait- I use Night crawlers the majority of the time. I don’t like the little red worms but they work ok in a pinch. Almost any fresh water fish will eat night crawlers. I also like to use crickets but not as much as worms. If fishing for Catfish, I use Chicken Liver but it’s very difficult to keep on a hook. You can try artificial bait but it’s sometimes difficult for kids to catch fish with it. If you can’t stand the thought of using live bait, you can try canned corn, it works sometimes. Grab a couple of boxes of hooks and some sinkers or maybe some bobbers for the kids and head to the water.
Seeing a kid catch their first fish is quite an experience. But with the smaller ones you have to be patient. Their attention spans are not that big. There is nothing wrong with letting them play at the waters edge (if it’s not deep and they are supervised) kids will want to get wet. Older children will usually be content to fish longer. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time helping them rather than fishing a lot yourself. If the kids catch fish, be prepared to praise even the tiny minnow as a good catch. Show them you are pleased with their efforts, they will fish more. Remember the big key is that you are spending time with the kids, not in front of the TV. Take a kid fishing and it builds memories and maybe just spawns a tradition they will follow with their own kids.