Make Your Child’s First Fishing Trip a Success

May 9, 2017

in Lifestyle

Chances are, you aren’t entirely certain about how to plan and execute a fishing trip for yourself and a bunch of little kids. Luckily, we put together this handy little guide for planning your first fishing trip, which covers everything from picking a location to identifying the necessary gear for your trip.

Get Legal, Ladies

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you obtain the proper permits or licenses for the state or county you’ll be fishing in. The best way to ensure you get the right papers is to either visit your state’s fish and wildlife department website or stop in at a local outfitter or sporting goods store; they’ll be more than willing to help you buy the proper licenses.

Once you’ve obtained fishing permits you can rest assured that, though there’s no guarantee you’ll catch a fish, there is no way you can get fined for fishing with your little one. Generally speaking, if you kid is young enough, you won’t need to worry about buying them a fishing license, but make sure to double check what the local requirements are to ensure you’re in the clear.

Bobbing for Apples or Fishing for Fish

The next step in this process involves a little bit more self reflection and thought. What do you imagine a first fishing trip should look like? What do you think your little one envisions their first fishing trip to look like? How old are they? Old enough to exercise that little thing called patience? Or young enough to need almost instant gratification? Addressing these questions about expectations is a vital step to planning a successful fishing trip that everyone gets to enjoy.

Don’t discount your own idea of what you think a fishing trip should look like. If you envision nightcrawlers in a Styrofoam cup, lawn chairs, paper sack lunches and a trout pond, then shape your kids first experience around that idea. It will make your trip unique and much more enjoyable as your kids will probably be pleased when they see that you’re having a great time too. Sure, your kids will think that all you guys are doing is fishing, but eventually they’ll start to appreciate those little memories of spending quality time together.

Finding the Right Location

If you have an older child who wants to go fishing and doesn’t mind a challenge, then consider going stream fishing for trout. You won’t need worms or any other type of bait, just a shiny little lure and a nearby stream worth fishing from. Teach them how to cast by moving their arm over their head or by using an underhand toss from the side. There are many easy and fun techniques you can learn together by watching YouTube videos and practicing at home.

Fishing for trout isn’t too hard once you get a handle on your cast. Once you’ve got that down, you simply toss your lure into the water as close as you can to any flooded timber, snags or downed logs and then reel in at a constant speed so that the lure spins. Trout will start to dart out from the shadows to take a bite at your hook.

If you have a child who’s quite young and lacking that thing called an attention span, that’s totally fine! Find a stocked pond in your area and you’ll have them hooked in no time — your kids, that is. Snagging fish in a stocked pond is easier than you could imagine. Once you find somewhere local, all that’s left is throwing in the suggested tackle and within seconds you’ll find yourself hollering, “Reel it in, you got one! Reel, reel, reel!”

Gear Up, Girls

Now that you’ve identified where you’re going to fish and what you’re going to be fishing for, you’ll need to bust out the cash and get the right type of gear. Sure, you can go to your local Walmart and buy the cheapest rod you find, but let’s be honest, if you’re putting in this much effort to make their first fishing trip awesome then the chances are your kids going to want to go again and again. So it would behoove you to purchase quality gear that can last for the next few years as they move up through the stages of fishing. Any nearby outfitter will have a wide selection of quality rods and tackle, in store or online.

You’re probably thinking, oh my goodness, I don’t even know how to assemble a fishing pole, how am I going to buy the right one? Don’t worry, this is what sales associates are for. Pick their brains, tell them what you think you want, where you plan to go, tell them about your kid or kids and what your hopes are for their first trip and chances are they will fill your head with way too much information but leave you loaded down with all the necessary equipment for your first excursion.

Here Fishy, Fishy

There are two rules in fishing and you don’t want to break either of them for fear of really bad fishing ju-ju following you around for the rest of your life. One, never say, “Here fishy, fishy!” You’ll just upset the fishing gods and then you’ll never catch anything. Two, never bring, eat, say or think about bananas while your fishing. I have no idea why, but most fisherman swear by the “no banana” rule.

Now that you know what you need, how to get it and where to go, you’re ready to start planning your first fishing trip with you kids. If you’re still super anxious, there is plenty of information online to help educate yourself, but don’t underestimate the power of face-to-face conversations in store. You can get almost everything accomplished in just one trip that way. At the end of the day, when you’re out on the water and your kids are giggling and the sun is shining, you’ll forget all about all the worries that came with planning your trip and simply enjoy the moment, because that’s what fishing is all about.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Esther Diaz May 15, 2017 at 2:48 am

I love fishing. My dad is fond of fishing, he made fishing fun for me. He even thought my little sister and brother about fishing. He has a lot of knowledge and at the same time making it fun for us. We sit by the edge of the cliff under us is the sea. Old days.. haha. Anyways, I enjoyed reading the article, can't wait to try this with my kids soon. Cheers!

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