Intro to Fishing for Kids
Fishing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was only 5 years old my Grandpa took me fishing, and I have been hooked ever since! In the years since I have continued to enjoy my fishing trips and have gone with my family, friends and just about anyone else that would like to spend a little time with a rod and reel. But for some people getting kids interested in fishing can be challenging.
While I was always looking for new things to do as a child, not all kids are as eager to try something different. So, it is important to find a way to introduce any new activities to your kids.
How to Inspire Excitement
My kids are part of the video game generation and have been online and using computers for their gaming. This provided a good way to introduce fishing to my kids. I found some video fishing games that were great in showing them some information. It also gave me an opportunity to talk about different types of fish and show them what they look like. Another benefit of utilizing video games and the internet is that you can help teach your children about the environment that fish live in. Giving them a look at how fish live and thrive can be helpful in overall education.
Get Appropriate Equipment
Once you have some background information and games for the children, it is time to get them out and start fishing. To get them started it is best to get them a junior rod and reel. Getting them a combo unit that is sized appropriately will make them feel comfortable. Prior to going fishing it is important to teach them about the rod and reel, how to use them safely and even practice casting.
Start Small and Slow
Now you are ready to introduce them to actual fishing. To start with go to a small body of water that they will be able to cast their line and you can teach them what to do if they get a bite. Do not expect the kids to stay out hours. If they can spend an hour or two fishing, that will be a good starting point. Have fun!