Plan a fun filled day with your child and take a fishing trip. Make the most of the day and include a picnic lunch. However, remember, while making fishing fun for your child, you will also want to be safe. Check out some tips on enjoying a fishing trip with your child and ways to be safe.
It is not about who has the best style when fishing. Make it fun, yet educational. Make a big deal about even the smallest fish caught. This will encourage your child into wanting to see if they can catch an even bigger one. If they see you are excited about a little one, they will look forward to your excitement if the next one is even bigger.
Talk, Talk and Talk
Share stories about fishing when you were a child. Children love to hear stories about when their parents were young and how they used to do the same things they are. Stories are especially interesting if you had to suffer through something because there was no technology to help out with fishing.
What to Bring
Of course you will want to bring your fishing equipment – rod and reels, bait, hooks, etc. If this is the first time you and your child are going fishing an inexpensive rod from Wal-Mart or K-Mart is just fine. There are some Shakespeare rods with characters on them starting at $11. This is enough until you see if this will become an ongoing thing for you and your child.
Do not forget plenty of water and food or snacks. Bring a gallon or two of water with some reusable cups. For food, bring some snacks – pretzels, chips, granola – or a picnic lunch. If you are planning on snacking while fishing make sure to bring hand sanitizer or some sort of way to wash your hands before eating.
If this is your first time going fishing, there is no need to go get expensive bait. For the first outing bread or hot dogs work just fine. Go get the bait the next time if your child enjoyed fishing enough.
Even though you want to get excited for the child, you do not want to get upset over anything. Make the day a pleasant one, without any big productions. If the child does not want to touch the fish they just caught, do not get mad. Simply ask them to help by holding the pole still or the line, while you take the fish off the hook. If they see you remaining calm, they will eventually want to try to touch the fish on their own time.
Remember, no matter what, remain calm and everything will fall into place, making it a great day for you and your child.
Make It an Adventure
If the day is going by slow, do not let the day go to waste. Chances are the weather is beautiful, if you are out fishing. So go on a hike through a nearby trail. Explore the river or creek. See what other creatures are out there.
By wearing sunglasses you are ensuring that there are no accidents when it comes to casting. We do not want a hook in an eye? This will help protect both you and your child.
To make the fishing experience even better, make the sunglasses polarized. This will help in seeing below the water’s surface and your child can see what types of fish are swimming around their bait.
Bring a Journal
Take notes of the time you had, stories you shared and the types of fish you caught. This will help the two of you remember the day and will be useful when putting a scrapbook page together. No memories will be lost this way. Oh and do not forget a camera.
Remember safety first. So when out fishing go over all safety protocols with your child. This can include water safety, fishing safety, etc. Also, be prepared, and have a first aid kit handy. Bring antiseptic wipes, band-aids, antibiotic ointment and gauze. These are the minimum you will need, but can bring more if desired.
Of course you want to follow all safety rules when fishing with children, but you also want to make sure you have fun while doing it. Take this time to bond with your child and teach them how to fish safely. Who knows…this could turn into a regular family outing.