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Quality Time Take a Kid Fishing

Updated on March 16, 2010

Not spending enough time with your kids. Take them fishing. I have not met a kid yet who doesn't love or want to go fishing. It's a great time and nothing excites a kid more than to feel a tug on their line and land their first fish. With just a small investment you can outfit your kids with a fishing pole and a bit of bait and they are ready to go. Talk with some local fishermen or the local bait shop owner, they will have lots of advice as to where you can take your kid to ensure they catch some fish. Pack a picnic lunch and believe me your kid will talk about this fishing trip for years to come. Nothing is more pleasing to a parent then to see your kid happy and smiling. A fishing trip will do just that and you will be a hero to your kid. Fishing is a win win situation for both you and your kid.

What You Need to Know

The first thing you need to know is the regulations for fishing the area you live in. Most bait shops will have the current fishing regulations for your particular state. Such as who needs a license and how much that will cost. Most states only require the adult to be licensed and the child does not need a license until a certain age, usually 16 or 17 but do check in your state. 

Where to fish. Again your best information about the lakes and ponds in your area will be found at your local bait shop of if you know someone who fishes, is always the best place to start. And you can google anything and find what you need to know. Each lake usually has their own rules about where you can fish, how many poles you may have and the size and amount of fish you can keep. Always make sure you know the rules of a particular lake because you don't want to be in violation of the rules as the local conservation officer or local law may confiscate your equipment and possibly give you a ticket.

Once you have these things covered you are ready to get you kid some equipment and take them to the water.

Basic Equipment Needed to Get Started

Basically all you need to get started fishing is a fishing rod and reel equipped with a hook, sinker, and bobber. There are many different kid type fishing rod and reel combinations available in the local bait shop or your friendly neighborhood Walmart store. Many of these kid combos also come with a small tackle box type deal with bobbers and hooks and usually a plastic worm or two. The best combos I have seen also include a casting plug. This is a great tool for teaching a kid to cast the bait into the water without having a hook on the line. Tie this plug onto their fishing line and they can practice casting in the backyard. Once a kid gets the hang of casting the rest is pretty simple stuff. As your child progresses in the sport of fishing the equipment gets more advanced and that's a decision you and your child can make when the time comes to get better equipment.

Bluegill

Bluegills Galore

In my opinion the best place to start a kid fishing is a good bluegill lake. Bluegill are easy to catch and are usually in good supply in most any lake. The idea is to get your kid to catch fish. A bluegill will pretty much bite anytime and will eat almost anything that is offered. A good bait for bluegill fishing is a bea moth, which is a small larva type bait or the ever popular worm. Most kids in my experience have little to no patience so bluegills are ideal for a new fisherman. Ask your kid does he or she want to go fishing, I am betting they don't say no. 

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    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Rose for your great comments, and thanks for reading my hub.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile image

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Great hub, fishtiger, for getting your kids involved in fishing. My parents took us fishing when we were old enough to hold the pole. And we had to bait our own hook and take off our own fish! Every vacation and every weekend when my parents bought their own place on the river were spent fishing. I still spend as much time as I can with my parents fishing. A lifetime of great memories!

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much for reading my hub. My husband and I love to fish and ice fish we try to get out at least once a week.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for a great hub, I love going fishing, but alas my partner not so keen as he used to be a crayfisherman. And I suppose that turned him off a bit.

      He still goes with me occasionally but not enough for my liking. thanks for sharing.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much for reading my hub David and yes cleaning if you want to eat them is essential. My hubby taught me to fillet fish. Bluegill are my favorite to eat.

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      David Alan Carter 

      8 years ago

      Here's how much some kids love to fish - they don't even mind cleaning the catch. At least that was my experience when I was a kid.

      Good article. And you gotta love bluegill. --David

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      You are so welcome Carol and thanks for reading my hub.

      I still fish as well however my kids no longer care for fishing as they are into their late teens and have other things to do but they remember. Thanks for reading my hub gator strong.

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      gator strong 

      8 years ago from USA

      You are correct. Kids will never forget those days of fishing. I still remember when my Dad would take me. I alwys look foward of that. Him and I still went fishing well in his 70's. Now I take my kids every summer.

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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Kids will always remember going fishing. Thanks for this great idea.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much for your kind comments and thanks for reading my hub, and yes quality time is precious, we all know how fast kids grow.

    • Madison22 profile image

      Madison 

      8 years ago from NYC

      Great hub fishtiger! I remember taking my children fishing a couple of times when they were younger and they had a very nice time. Spending time with your kids is so important, taking them fishing is a great idea.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Yup it's a great way to spend some time with you kid, and see Patti you got great memories. Thanks for your kind comments and reading my hub.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent!! This is so true - I remember as a child my great aunt used to take my brother and I fishing when we would visit her - it brings back fond memories.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much for the nice comments wavegirl, you are so kind. I would love to watch a football game with you and would love to show you the art of fishing. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub.

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      Shari 

      8 years ago from New York, NY

      fishtiger-you never seem to amaze me . while you know how I would love to watch a football game with you .. this is one sport you would definitely have to hole my hand. . or at least put the worms on for me lol! If you go with me I would for sure give this an afternoon. Great Hub I really enjoyed it!!

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