Teaching kids to fish
Fishing is often considered a pastime recreational activity reserved for adults, in most cases, men. However, kids today are quick learners and want to see and try what their dads are doing from a very early age. From the first time they feel the cold fish in their hands, they become hooked to the thrill of catching something alive.
There are several great reasons why kids should be involved with the world of fishing – they will learn about the outdoors, about nature and wildlife, about different biosystems and the equilibrium they need, about keeping the world as it is because they will have to leave it to their children too. Also, there are more positive sides to fishing since it does not demand expensive equipment (you can buy most of your fishing tackle at your nearby sporting goods store or even an interior decorating store) and it is quickly and easily accessible. Also, children will learn compassion every time they return the caught fish back into the natural habitat.
It is very easy to take your kids fishing, you just need to follow a few easy steps. First, you need to have a body of water where to fish, somewhere close to your residence. There are several websites which can provide great information about fishing spots near you and about other points of interest.
Of course, fishing is a regulated activity and you have to own a permit in order to fish – this means you will have to acquire your fishing license. It can usually be bought in stores close to you.
You found your location and you got the license in your pocket – it is time to go equipment shopping. Fishing gear comes in many shapes, sizes and prices, but beginner level fishing gear is not that expensive and is readily accessible and easy to use. Also, get some information before buying your gear since fishing for different kinds of fish means the need to have different gear.
Once you bought and prepared your „tools“, you need a way to convince the fish to bite the hook – yes, bait! Of course, fishermen have their trade secrets which they do not give out, but, with time and experience, you will understand which fish prefers which type of bait. For example, catfish likes chicken meat. Many fish like earthworms, mealworms, corn, other kinds of meat and so on.
Fishing With Kids
Now that you got all the elements together, you are ready to fish! Swinging the pole and hitting the part of the water will demand a bit of practice, but, soon enough, your kids will be a great companion to your fishing trips, a fishing buddy with whom to compete! Of course, as the more experienced fish wrangler, your help will always be appreciated and your advice will prove invaluable.
The smile on the face of your boy once he reels in his first big catch will be a site to remember. A few photos with the catch of the day, and the big fish goes back into its home, just like you and your kids after a beautiful afternoon spent fishing.