Fishing with children can be a great way to spend time with your children. It is a way to bring children closer to nature while we teach them the art of patience. Anyway, going fishing with your children is not as easy as it seems.
Then I will give you a series of tips that will be useful for when you want to go fishing with your children.
Tips for fishing with children
- Buy good quality fishing equipment: Good quality fishing equipment such as fishing rods for children are usually cheap but are very difficult to use. The best thing is to buy a fishing rod a little more expensive that weighs little and that has a good rail. There are different sizes, buy it small (minimum of one and a half meters). Ask the fishing shop for floating torpedo-style floating whales.
- Decide where to go fishing with children (choose the location well): It is one of the most important factors to go fishing with children. The ideal is to go to places where you know there are fish and you will have more opportunities to fish. You must also take into account if there is an area for families or even if you can camp nearby you can cook whatever you have caught.
- Go prepared: It seems silly to say but it is something that, when we go with children, we must always bear in mind. Depending on where we go, we should take water, food, insect repellent, sunscreen, cleansing wipes, spare clothes in case we get wet … and, of course, the complete fishing equipment.
- Choose the hook well: Depending on where we go to fish, we will need bait or another. Ask at your usual fishing store. You can also take into account the interests of your child, if you have already fished with him before, you will know if he prefers a box of live worms or if he is mine and he will prefer to carry stuffed olives (which give something when hooked to the hook).
- Establish standards: Before going fishing with children, it is good to establish a set of rules so that there is no misunderstanding. If we fish in the sea, it is very important to be cautious, with the sea is not played and this we must let the children know, without putting fear, of course but imposing some respect. We must also warn them how dangerous the hook can be depending on how we use it.
- Carry corks: An important element for fishing are the corks that indicate when a fish has taken the hook, children will be very motivated to see how it sinks and to know that they have managed to fish a piece.
- Giving children: chores making childrenfeel useful will help them take responsibility. If we go with small children and older children, we can designate different tasks, we can make the youngest children hold the rod while we prepare the hook, we can make the adults responsible for removing the fish once they are caught.
- Responsible fishing: We must mentalize our children that we are only going to keep the fish that we are going to eat, if we have fished too much, we can / should return them to the sea (if we are not going to eat them, we should always return them to the sea). We must all be responsible for cleaning the place where we have been and leave it as we found it (or better, if possible).
- Duration: Let’s make sure it is not too long; children are very impatient and can be frustrated if we delay too much. You will see how little by little they will improve as far as patience is concerned.
- Make time enjoyable Sometimes the wait can be long and boring, you have prepared a repertoire of things to do or riddles to spend time with children. You can even sing songs; prepare a picnic by the river…
- Explain what it consists of in advance: To children who have never gone fishing, it would be good to explain to them what it consists of. There are many books and children’s stories that deal with fishing, we can put them in the background during the days before departure, explain well what it is to go fishing, etc.
I hope these tips are useful to you, if you happen to one more do not hesitate to leave us a comment.