Taking kids fishing can be one of the best experiences you will get as a parent
kids fishing can be one of the best experiences you will get as a parent
Some of the Tips I have learnt over the past few years regarding not only taking kids fishing but ensuring you and your kids have a great time on the water.
Fishing boats are dangerous things, with hooks, knives, rough water and flying sinkers. I will now make an effort to ensure we spend our time on the water more safely. Usually, going fishing involves preparation, however like all things with kids, you need to spend extra time preparing to guarantee hasslefree time on the water mostly anyway!.
First, you want to make sure all your rods are rigged prior to the trip. The kids will be eager early and having rods prerigged saves you spending ages tying knots when you should be fishing. Less is more, and as tempting as it can be to put a heap of lines in the water, the kids will pretty much require your full attention, so it’s best to have only one rod for each child. Make sure you bring plenty of drinks and food because the kids will get bored after a while and five minutes of peace while they have some snacks can be a lifesaver.
I believe in starting with the basics when taking kids fishing, which means hooks and bait. There will be plenty of time for them to learn lure techniques, and frankly bait will give them more action early on than lures. You need to keep them catching, even if it’s only small bream. If you’re in a river, a simple running ball sinker outfit with a 2500size reel and a rod that is not too long rigged with a whiting hook and a fresh yabby will catch just about anything and is a very versatile option that will save you rerigging to target different species.
Bait gathering becomes all part of the day for kids, and pulling up on a sandbank and pumping yabbies keeps them entertained. They can run around and stretch the legs while catching quality bait for whiting, flathead and bream. If you are fishing onshore, a visit to Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park will be great fun. A full string of yakkas on a light bait rod is great fun for the kids.
A way to catch quality fish while keeping the kids entertained is to anchor near good structure and put out a live bait, which will look after itself, and while it’s swimming around you can spend time helping the kids catch smaller fish to keep them happy. I have landed Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, and golden snapper Fingermark while having free time to help the kids.
For example, when out at Karumba Point I’ll deploy a floating pilchard and one live bait and they will pretty much look after themselves until hookup. This gives me time to help the kids as they catch yakkas and bottom fish.
It’s best to hit the water as early as possible for the fishing moreover, you want to spend more time out there because of fabulous weather. After whole day out we returned back to Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park. Each year we spend our holidays at Karumba Point where I keep the boat on the water, which is gold with kids because you can jump in the boat and scoot out for a couple of hours without them getting tired or bored. Always have a bucket in the boat because the kids will use it for collecting crabs, playing with small live baits and so on.
Taking kids fishing can be one of the best experiences you will get as a parent. Though testing at times, seeing them catch quality fish and looking at the excitement on their faces is priceless. Get them off the iPads and out there!
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