Some Simple Tips for Catching Fish with Kids
When it comes to equipment, buy a small spin cast rod and reel combo such as those made by Zebco. For kids 5 and under I would buy something like the “Micro Fishing System” by Zebco. It sells for about $19.95. For older kids a combo with a Zebco 33 reel will give years of good service if taken care of. The 33 combo will sell for about $23.95. Stay away from the “Mickey Mouse” or “Bob the Builder” type rods. These are fine for playing in the back yard, but for real fishing you need a real rod and reel. The rod can be from 12 to 18 inches longer than the child is tall. These combos are available at Wal-Mart or other retailers.
Some of these packages actually come with some tackle included but you really need to purchase some #4 or #6 hooks and some split shot sinkers. Buy the removable split shot with “ears” that allow you to take them off the line with a pair of pliers. I use size 4 or 5 in the split shot, and don’t use any weight at all if I can get the bait to the fishing hole without it. Just experiment to see how little weight you can get by with. If you use weight pinch the shot onto the line about an inch above the hook. Most people put the weight to far from the hook and the bait is cast end over end and sometimes ends up in mess. Except for some bait this is really all you need. Visit a local bait shop and ask for a half- dozen dead shrimp. You will want to bring along a kitchen knife because you will simply cut the shrimp tails into pieces about ¼ of an inch long. Place one piece of shrimp on the hook and throw the bait out on the bottom. Many area parks are on the water and even have piers that extend out into the water. Just try your favorite park to see if it holds small fish that your child can catch. If you don’t have any luck, you do just like the pros do. Move. Other cut baits will work also, but I have had my best luck on shrimp. Think small. What you want is for your child to catch something! Believe me, at first the fish do not have to be large. What ever you do, don’t forget your camera for that first hook-up.
You, as a parent, can learn two simple knots which will cover most elementary fishing situations. You can then teach these simple knots to your child. Take a kid fishing and remember, as the child grows up the fish will too!
Click here to learn a couple of knots!