Teach Your Kids to Fish in 10 Easy Steps
Your Kids to Fish in 10 Easy Steps
Fishing with kids is a great family outdoors activity. To make the experience fun, safe and pressure free, consider these 10 steps.
1. SCOUT FOR LOCATIONS
Fishing means catching fish. Whether you plan to fish from a boat, shore or a dock, scout out locations where fish are plentiful.
The local tackle shop is a great place to get some help. If possible, bring the kids along when you visit the store. Have them observe while you ask for pointers on where to go, productive baits for the area, and information on fishing regulations.
4. TALK TACTICS
Boys and girls alike are naturally curious, so explain how a float works and moves when a fish bites. If casting jigs, tug on the line while the child holds the rod to simulate a hit. Demonstrate setting the hook, emphasizing that like any skill, in takes time to learn.
7. GEAR FOR SUCCESS
Success can result from the simplicity of a bait and bobber on a lightweight rod. Buy a quality spinning or spincast combo between 36″ to 5 and spool the reel with 6pound monofilament line.
8. USE ARTIFICIAL BAITS
Worm and minnow softbaits are durable and wont spoil. Rig baits on a 1/32 to 1/8ounce jig. Marabou or tinsel crappie jigs also work well.
A jig dangled beneath a small float and occasionally twitched is an effective tactic for youngsters. For kids who want to become more engaged, teach them a slow reeling or hopping jig retrieve.
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