4 Tips for Instilling a Love of Fishing in Children
When most people discuss their love of fishing, they start with their fond childhood memories of a family member or friend teaching them to bait a hook for the first time. You can just imagine the fog on the water and the early morning chill in the air as a tiny child casts their line, likely catching a fish with near immediacy in their mind’s eye.
Unfortunately, first fishing memories are often only this beautiful in hindsight. While children can learn to love fishing rather quickly—especially if they have a good role model—the patience required and the tensions raised from a frustrated child can often zap the fun out of it before the fishing adventure has even begun.
4 Ways to Keep Fishing Fun For Children
It is wonderful for parents or mentors to pass on a love of fishing to their children, but how do they make sure to do it successfully? These four tips will help ensure your children learn to love fishing and have a blast on the water:
1. Keep Things Light
Because fishing requires quite a bit of non-active time and does not always pay off, it can be easy for children to get discouraged when the fish just are not biting. Help to spark their natural curiosity about the water’s ecosystem by encouraging them to dig for worms and catch insects they think fish might find interesting. Even without having a fish to show for it, for younger children, these side activities can make a trip a blast.
2. Invest in Child-Friendly Equipment
You might think that getting your children involved in fishing is a great way to give your old gear a second life, but that might not be the case. Depending on their size and age, adult-sized equipment might be too cumbersome. Obtaining a kid-friendly pole, teaching casting techniquesand potentially teaching them to make their own lures will go a long way into keeping their interest in fishing alive.
3. Make Sure it Stays Fun
Spending time with children on the water should be a truly fun event for everyone involved. Keep the energy surrounding fishing special—possibly by incorporating it into a vacation, or taking a “surprise” day off work to take them, instead of rousing everyone first thing each Saturday morning.
4. Keep Frustration at Bay
With children and teens, fishing can seem so much about the reward. It is easy for them to get annoyed by how slow-going a fishing trip can be, dwindling their patience and interest. One of the best things about fishing is that it is not just about the catch, so instilling this attitude in them will make sure they stay engaged and not frustrated at the sport. Take steps to ensure they know fishing is about the overall experience, not just the catch.
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