Taking children on a fishing trip can be a major ordeal. Fishing is a skill that requires patience, quietness, and the ability to remain still for lengthy periods and these are all qualities that do not come easily to children. People who wish to take children on fishing trips needn’t give up on the notion, however. Children can successfully engage in fishing trips on a regular basis if guardians implement the following tips for bringing them along.
Give Children Practical Advice About the Process
Before leaving for the fishing trip, it is important to practically explain every aspect of the fishing process and the expected behavior during the fishing trip. Unclear expectations can yield devastating results. Children need to understand boundaries, especially when they are developing a new hobby. Help children understand the fishing process by explaining the reason that there needs to be quiet to attract fish, the process of placing bait on a hook, and the place you will be lodged while fishing (private bank, reservoir, boat, etc.) to ease any possible frenzy that might develop.
Cut Average Fishing Time In Half For First Time
If you normally spend 3 of your early morning hours fishing, it is wise to cut that number in half to accommodate the attention span of you young visitors. Children are very easily distracted and will almost certainly not enjoy lengthy periods spent developing a hobby. By cutting fishing down to an hour or 45 minutes, you can allow children to have just enough time to enjoy their new hobby without overwhelming or boring them.
Go Over Safety Protocols and Consequences For Failure to Comply
It is vital that children are taught safety protocols and consequences before leaving for a fishing trip. Anytime that children are going to be participating in activities that involve a close proximity to water, they should be knowledgeable about water safety. Only good swimmers should be allowed to fish from a bank without a life jacket. Moderate swimmers and children under 5 should be helped to understand that they should not remove life jackets during the fishing trip or the trip will be suspended. Children should also be taught safety protocols with regard to fishing hooks and reals. Many children are often disillusioned with fishing after being pierced with fishing hooks while attempting to place bait on the hook. By practicing this process before the fishing trip, children can gain tremendous confidence.
Play Up Physical Side of Fishing
Children are usually very visual and perceptive. For this reason, they often enjoy the physical aspects of fishing. Engage them by allowing them to touch any fish that have been caught, hold the squirming live bait, or simply splash in the water from time to time. Allowing children to physically participate in fishing often leads to a development of love for the hobby.
Use Kid Friendly Fishing Tools
There is a wide variety of kid friendly fishing equipment available that does a great deal to capture the attention of small children. Cartoon themed fishing poles, colorful tackle boxes, and character themed fake bait can all be good for retaining the attention of small children and helping them to enjoy the day. Cater to the desires of your specific group of children when making these selections to gain positive results.
Don’t Hold Too Tightly To Ordinary Routines
It is a mistake to hold tightly to established fishing routines when bringing children along. To ensure that children have a wonderful first fishing outing, allow room for changes in schedule including stops for water breaks, snack breaks, and basic wandering. Children who have never been fishing before will not have become accustomed traditional routines and should be given the space to wander from time to time. This will make the experience more enjoyable to them and help them to become more willing to participate in the activity in the future.
Make a Big Deal Out of Catches by the Kids
When teaching children to fish, it is important to verbally reward them for any catches or potential catches they may make. With any educational experience positive reinforcement makes the hobby more enjoyable to children. High fives, food treats, and other positive forms of reinforcement are all encouraged when children are present. Above all, remember to help the little ones to have fun while building a lasting skill!