any prospective outings around good weather windows and resist any “she’ll be right” urges when it comes to making the call to head out. If in doubt stay close to shore or go land based; at least until they’ve learned to enjoy the bumps as part of the fun.
TAKE THE TIME
As tempting as it is to load up the boat or car and head off in search of a trophy fish in some spectacularly remote location with an arsenal of equipment, save this for a later date. Fishing with kids requires your undivided attention and, when starting out, close to home is better. Less is more when it comes to gear too, as you’re likely to spend most of your time baiting and helping them hold their rod.
Boat ramps or busy wharves are stressful enough without being in a mad rush or forgetting something important, so take the time to have everything prepared the night before. As nerdy as it sounds, making a list helps immensely, and that way the following day’s experience can be a laid back and enjoyable adventure.
As they get older, take the time to teach them to tie their own knots, bait up, and cast on their own. Don’t forget to explain to them why you’re doing what you’re doing, too. The day they rig their own gear, bait their own hooks and reel in a keeper on their own will indeed be one to remember, so don’t forget the camera.
KEEP IT INTERESTING
I’ve yet to meet a young one who’s happy to sit around on a boat, beach or wharf for hours on end without any action. So keep their interest by keeping it interesting. If the fishing’s quiet, teach them to catch the bait. A sabiki or a bait catcher and some bread are sure-fire boredom busters.