Get more kids fishing more often. Teach a kid to fish and watch them become fishermen.
For many kids, trying something new the first couple of times may determine whether they enjoy that activity for their entire life.
If you provide a fun experience the first few times, the chances are they will be ‘hooked’ for good. It is important to get it right the first time.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Let them help you plan for the fishing trip.
If they feel involved, they will be more interested in taking part in the actual ‘event’.
Make sure they have good gear and know how to use it.
Before your trip, go over what every little gadget does and how it works. This will get them comfortable and eager to begin, as well as keep them safe.
Make sure to explain that hooks are dangerous and to maintain a healthy respect for them.
It is important for them to understand that hooks play a big role in catching a fish, but they can also put your eye out.
Dress them appropriately.
The lake can get cold. It can also get hot- so be prepared with sunblock and heavy rain jackets.
Make sure to bring an extra pair of socks for the ride home afterward.
Socks can and will get wet, which can make a ride home uncomfortable. Don’t forget insect repellent.
It is important to teach them correct fishing techniques right out of the gate.
Let them know that it is important to speak softly and move quietly.
Sure, it is exciting to catch a fish, but try to communicate to them that it is important to remain somewhat calm so that they do not scare other fish away.
No running, keep your shoes on and look around before you cast. Remember, safety ALWAYS comes first.
If your kid catches a fish, praise him/her with all your might.
They will remember that moment for the rest of their lives. Don’t brag about how yours was bigger back in…
If they catch a stick, praise them loudly, but encourage them to get a fish on the hook the next time around. KEEP THEM ENTHUSED!
Bring games, food, and entertainment in the event that the fish are not biting.
A big part of this trip is about conversation and enjoying each other’s company.
Potato chips are an AWESOME fishing buddy.
Relish this time with them.
The moment will be gone soon.
Set a good example.
Always obey the law, and encourage them to abide by the rules.
If you are close to your limit, explain to them that you might want to slow down so that you can remain at the site for the time allocated for your plan.
Hammer down HARD that you must not catch more than your limit for the day, and explain to them the consequences of not doing so.
Take kids fishing as often as possible.
If they get ‘hooked’ on fishing, it will be a good thing. It sure beats the alternative of what some kids are doing to spend their time.