Well I am back with my third article and it is exciting to see how many people are interested in the fun of fishing. These articles are meant for everyone. Some of the more experienced anglers probably know a lot about what I am talking about already but I think back to when I knew nothing about fishing. I wish there would have been something like that. Eventually this will be an eBook so take advantage of it while you can.
Take The Little Ones
If done right getting your kids started fishing at an early age could mean a lifetime of great memories or if done wrong it could turn them off of this great past time for ever. This is something that is going to be enjoyed by both of you so no matter what make sure you’re always having fun. When you go with the kids you want to make sure you do what the kids want. Most times a kid is going to want to fish with a float because it’s fun to see it go up and down when the fish bite. However if he wants to cast the biggest Len Thompson you have in your tackle box and your fishing for perch, that’s okay to because he is learning to cast and just maybe there is a big pike hanging out somewhere.
You have to make sure you pick the right spot to take your young child fishing. If your shore fishing then it would be neat if there were a park and a washroom close by the fishing spot. If they are going to roam make sure you can watch them. If you’re fishing out of a boat you’re going to want to fish close to the banks so you can get to the shore rather quickly to take regular stretch breaks and washroom breaks. Make sure you pack an interesting shore lunch and take time to ask the kids how they are enjoying their fishing trip. You do not want to be in the middle of the lake. I don’t care how good the fishing is because the kids don’t care either. They are going to get bored and if there’s nothing else to do they will want to go home.
Remember this trip is about the kids. So you want to help them as much as you can. Even though the fish are biting you want to focus on the kid’s experience. You can encourage them to put their own bait on the hook. Teach them to cast and reel. Something else to remember is don’t force your kids to go with you. That’s going to turn them off in a hurry. When you do take them make sure you keep the trip short. If their ready to go home then maybe that’s what should happen. Don’t ever get mad at them for making mistakes. Just because they end up with a birds nest doesn’t mean you should be getting angry. Remember this trip is about the kids so if you want to do some hard core fishing then maybe the kids should stay home this trip.
We have to make sure the kids are comfortable. You want to try and take them on a nice bright sunny day. We definitely don’t want kids relating fishing to cold miserable weather. Be sure to take extra clothes so you can layer them as the weather changes. Small things like bug spray and sun screen are going to be you most important accessories on this day. Make sure you have lots of treats and a good life jacket. If the weather turns bad do not force your child to fish in it. Cast and reel or maybe just jigging off the edge of the boat or dock is the best. You want to keep it simple for now. It’s not a good time to try and teach them to fly-fish or back troll.
At the beginning I would suggest fishing for pan fish. The kids are going to have a lot more fun catching 30, eight inch perch as opposed to one five pound pike. Your job is going to be to try and get them into a school of fish and size doesn’t matter. Perch and crappies can still hit very hard especially if you find a school of hungry ones. Remember to the kids every fish is a trophy no matter what the size. So what this is all getting at is that you want to make sure that the kids see that fishing is one of the funniest things you can do.
This will be the end of my third edition of my series on fishing. Keep reading my articles as they will get more informative and detailed as time goes on.
Dale is an expert self taught fisherman of more than 35 years. He would like to share his expertise and stories with the world. You can check out his fishing blog at http://fishingtutor.blogspot.com. Dale is also a self taught author who is currently in the process of getting his first novel published. You can check his writings and lessons at http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com/
I am writing this for everyone young, old, big or small. The teachings in this series will range from novice to advanced. But I would just like everyone to remember that a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work