New Zealand Fishing World - - Fishing With Kids -

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.

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