Fishing With Kids

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Some of the greatest memories of my childhood involved fishing.  Getting up early.  Asking, are we there yet? Stopping along the way for breakfast.  Stopping at the bait store.  Sometimes staying overnight and camping out. It was all a great experience and the memories are well embedded into my mind.  Fishing teaches patience.  Fishing develops a love for nature.  Fishing puts us in touch with our environment and the need to protect it.  With all these things in mind, don't you think it would be a good idea to "take a kid fishin'?"  Well, if you do here are a few tips to make the experience a memorable one.

 First, Think Safety!  If you fish from a boat, or even if you fish   from the bank, and feel it necessary, use a personal flotation device.  Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Actually, I have found that the children usually don't even notice they are wearing the PFD's, especially if you start them early.  It is usually us grown-ups that have a problem with wearing the life-jackets!!


Equipment:  The first piece of equipment to think about is a rod and reel combination.  For ages up to about 7 years, you probably want a simple spin-cast combination.  Pick out a combo with a rod that is no more than about 12 to 18 inches longer than the child is tall.  This will give him or her the control they need to fish successfully.  By eight years of age you can start them on open faced spinning combos.  You have to be patient at this point, because the open faced models are much harder to learn than the spin cast type of reel.  If at all possible, teach them from the very start to close the bail by hand.  This will be useful to them for the rest of their fishing life.  Its really like anything else, the earlier you start them the better they get.  And, kids learn fast! So teach them right the first time.

For some tips on CATCHIN' point at the Jack Crevelle's mouth in the top picture and click.