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Kids and Fishin'
The best fishing tip throughout this whole site is to take your kid fishing with you!
There is nothing like seeing the joy and excitement in their eyes when they catch their first fish and to know that it will be a moment they will never forget!
and fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly.
what you need to bring is a heap of patience,
I believe that the first experiences should be a one on one affair, since others would only tend to be distracting.
A child needs someone to give them full attention to every detail.
A child can also feel like second place if others come along and talked to you the entire time instead of you talking or teaching him or her how to fish.
IT SIMPLE FOR STARTERS,
turn the trip into a big production.
After all, your child just wants to spend time with you.
the first fishing experience to a couple of hours. Kids have
limited attention spans especially younger ones. Instead of
fishing from a boat, bank fish on a pond or small lake. This
way, if the fish aren't biting, kids are not stuck in a boat and can
do other things like explore, swim or picnic.
However, If your taking the youngster for his or her first fishing adventure, the first thing you must do is find a pond where you're sure you can catch something . . .
kids don't fish for the scenery or for relaxation.
worry about technique and don't be concerned about catching lots of big,
trophy-size fish. To a young angler,
a small bluegill
caught with a simple hook and bobber
is a major achievement.
Big lakes full of bass are great for experienced fisherman, but not for a child who has little concept of where to cast, or how to set the line. Small ponds make an excellent choice. Bream are much easier to catch and handle for children. They are easy to catch, and if it's the right time of year, can be snared very easily right off the shore. When these fish are on the bed, ready to give birth, they rarely leave and snap at anything that lands in their general vicinity. Small ponds which are regularly stocked and have few people fishing them, make the whole trip a lot easier and fun for children with little patience.
Children also need to know that fishing isn't always going to be this easy, but for the first few times they need to catch fish in order to have a good time. Without much understanding of the sport, children are more likely to be impressed by catching a stringer of bream than they are of only catching one or two small bass.
your child to fish for hours on end.
A child cannot be expected to spend long hours sitting and holding a rod.
your child decides 2 minutes in to the fishing that he or she rather
throw rocks, let them throw rocks. If they want to play with the
bugs, or splash through the water, let them. This is their outing. In
the beginning, its all about having fun. Their version of fun,
not ours. If the first few trips consist of 3 casts and 2 hours of
skipping rocks, then great.
Try using fishing rod holders and bells, so your child doesn't have to be sitting still and chained to the rod. Sure, they'll miss a few fish, but the excitement of a ringing bell alerting them that a fish is interested in their bait will usually renew their interest.
your child may also find that a cane pole is boring or not cool.
You're probably using a rod and reel yourself and your child is more
interested in that type of pole.
Often children want to be able to move the rod around a lot and see how things look and work when they're underwater. There's nothing wrong with letting them do that, as long as they're not swinging the rod around and hooking each other or you. Children that want to bounce the rod around can be successful using small jigs for panfish, since the fish will often strike jigs worked in an erratic, vertical manner.
When fishing with a young child, YOUR fishing should be the last priority of the day. After all, you are here to teach and to make sure this child goes home happy. The only stringer you should be concerned about being filled at the end of the day, is the child's.
attention to your child and DO NOT ignore them while you fish.
Don't force a child to touch or de-hook a fish. Do it for them by carefully and respectfully handling the catch. If the fish is of legal size, let the child decide whether to let it go or take it home as a trophy. Use the opportunity to explain the rationale of catch and release.
PRAISE YOUR CHILD!!!!
Kids will no doubt make bad casts,
fling the hook around like a flying gaff, and probably drop the rod a
time or two. Thats okay! Do yourself a favor, and smash the
barb of the hook flat with a pair of pliers. Not only does it make
unhooking the fish easier, but it makes unhooking the parents easier
as well. You will be unhooking both.
The end result:
Your child will learn that it's about the sport, the joy of being outdoors, and all about spending quality time doing something they love, with someone they love.
You'll Need To Get
youngsters are taught how to fish by starting out with hook, weight,
bobber and carton of red worms off of a dock or from shore.
a size 8 Aberdeen long
shank hook as they are they easiest hooks to work with or try a Circle
Hook, as this hook requires no pulling on the rod and hook to
hook a fish as a small child might not quite get the hang of that
part of fishing yet.
I suggest starting your child off using good ol' fashioned Nightcrawlers (worms)!
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