For the family, the water is an excellent place to teach and learn. However, the key to gaining the benefits of fishing with the family is to prepare before you even head to the water. Take the time to teach your child the basics of casting, reeling, troubleshooting, and about fish in the backyard before actually heading out to the water.
The backyard preparation should begin at least a week before you actually go fishing. Just remember it isn’t all about learning, it is also a way to help increase the child’s interest and excitement in the fishing experience.
Next, you want to teach your child how to properly use fishing equipment. Ideally, you should buy the proper equipment for the age of the child as well as the species of fish you are planning on catching. It is best to teach your child the four basic casting methods including flipping, sidearm, overhead, and backhand.
After the child has had enough practice casting you can start to teach them about troubleshooting reels, tangles, and other malfunctions. Some children may even learn how to handle these on their own after enough casting practice. It is best your child learns how to troubleshoot on their own before you go fishing otherwise it can be difficult to learn these tasks while actually attempting to fish.
Then when it comes time to plan your family fishing vacation make sure it is one that will be enjoyable for the entire family. You can’t hope to have a wonderful experience if you don’t make sure it is something the entire family can enjoy. So any fishing vacation over a day or two should include a few other side trips to keep the children interested. Depending on your location you can consider a hike around the area or taking a drive into town for the day.
It is also important that you properly prepare for the trip. Make sure you have packed the appropriate gear for your length of stay and the location. Be sure you bring extra fishing equipment such as poles. Nothing is worse than breaking a pole and having nothing to replace it with. Also, make sure your children have their own gear, give them their own tackle box, and allow them to make a lot of decisions on their own.
If you choose to go boating when on your fishing trip, then make sure you have the proper safety gear. The life preservers should be properly fitting for children. If the gear is too large then the safety equipment isn’t acceptable for children. By having proper safety gear in place you can spend more time enjoying your trip rather than worrying about your kids.
Always remember that some kids will take fishing seriously from the start. They will quickly take to knowing which bait is best and how to find the perfect spot when casting. For these children, you want to take advantage of their willingness to learn and teach them all the details you can.
But then remember on the other hand you will have children who don’t take to fishing right away and a lot of patience will be required to help your child learn the techniques of fishing. Happy Fishing.