Every angler has some early fishing memories. Going out as a kid and catching a small fish has sparked a life-long obsession among millions of Americans. Now as an adult, you may be inspired to pass on the tradition with your own children.
You can create memories with your kids by taking them fishing, but keep these tips in mind before you head out to the water. These suggestions will help you create an enjoyable fishing experience for them, and could be the beginning of the next generation of anglers.
Fishing with kids is not the time to try out new spots or to practice new techniques. Go to a tried-and-true location where you know fish will be. Smaller ponds that are well stocked are a great choice, simply because you don’t have to search hard for fish. Just cast out a worm and you’ll be reeling in fish in no time.
Most anglers want to catch large trophies, but starting small is usually the best bet for first time anglers. Bringing in a thrashing giant can be scary for kids, so go after panfish and small baitfish before moving on to larger game.
Kids are impatient, and can get bored quickly. Forcing them to stay out by the water for an entire day could turn them off to fishing altogether. Plan on an hour trip, and if the kids are having fun and want to stay out longer, stay out and enjoy!
It’s likely that kids will get bored, distracted, or fidgety, during their first fishing experience. It’s possible that they may need a break or may have more fun doing something else, so go ahead and let them explore. They might want to fish for a while, and then go off chasing frogs or searching for turtles. You can even join in by playing “find-the-coolest-rock” or “count-the-most-dragonflies.” Ultimately, you want kids to see fishing as an enjoyable outdoor activity.
Okay, so after a half hour the kid is off playing with sticks and you’re still fishing. Finally, you hook one. Call the kids over and have them reel the fish in. If they say no, that’s fine, but letting them reel it in could give them the first hands-on fishing excitement they need to become life-long anglers.
We all know kids can get hungry fast. So before you make the journey to the fishing hole, pack up some kid-friendly snacks and a few drinks. The last thing you want is to get to the water only to have the kid say “I’m hungry,” and then loose all interest in fishing. While we’re on the topic, don’t forget the sunscreen and bug-spray, which will keep them protected, more comfortable, and more likely to want to go fishing again soon.
The last tip we can give you is to not push fishing on kids. Don’t force kids to bait the hook or handle a fish if they’re just not comfortable with it. It’s also a good idea to try to teach them good
techniques, but don’t spend all of your time nit-picking their casting motion or reeling. We want them to have fun, learn a little on their own, and enjoy spending quality time while trying out a new hobby. Give them a few pointers, and then let them enjoy the experience for themselves.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.