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Best Fishing Equipment For Kids

Updated on February 7, 2016
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When kids have fun games and activities to do, they spend less time with video games and tv. Loraine shares some simple game ideas for kids.

best fishing equipment for kids
best fishing equipment for kids

Fishing With Kids: Making Memories

Having the right fishing equipment for kids makes fishing so much more fun for the kids. Just like Dad likes to have his own fishing rod, reel and tackle, so do the kids. This is a great opportunity to teach the kids the importance of taking care of their fishing equipment by keeping their rod, reel and tackle in tip-top shape.

Great fishermen keep a neat and tidy tackle box.I remember going fishing with my Dad. I remember when my children were small and my husband and I would take them fishing. Now, I see my children taking my grandkids fishing. Fishing is a great family sport because every age can participate. The youngest fisherman is just as likely to catch a fish as any other fisherman.

To prove this point, I want to share with you some of the pictures I took last Sunday afternoon when Grandpa and I were invited along to the Oasis. Our youngest son, his wife and two children were spending the afternoon at the pond. While his Dad and the rest of us were lounging around, Devin our grandson, decided to do some fishing.After a while we noticed that he was working his rod like he had what we thought was probably a snag. He didn't ask for help so we left him work at getting loose of the snag. Suddenly he yelled that he had a fish, and I grabbed my camera.

This is probably the best picture I have ever taken. You can see Devin pulling in a large catfish while his Dad is running to help him land it.

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landed-fish

The Fishing Rod and Reel

In my day we didn’t have fishing rods that were sized for children’s use. Today there are many choices. Some of the fishing equipment has cartoon logos on them, they are sized for use by children and some of them are even floatable. Some of the items are very inexpensive and not made very well. This can cause a lot of disappointment and frustration. To prevent that, it is a good idea to compare-shop and choose items that are made durable enough for frequent and sometimes rough use.

Look for a medium-light power, fast action rod to use with a spinning reel. A fast action rod lets you feel when a fish bites on the bait and allows you to quickly set the hook. A spinning reel is mounted on the end and front of the rod and has an open spool. This reel will allow your child to cast a light lure a long way. Ten pound fishing line is great for catching small pond fish and is strong enough to land a larger fish, without breaking and disappointing the young fisherman.

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fishing-with-kids

The Tackle Box

Children love tackle boxes and it is a great time to teach them the importance of keeping all the fishing supplies in a neat and safe place.They can have sinkers, bobbers, extra string and all kinds of fake worms in the box.

These items are safe for them to handle, arrange and rearrange to their hearts content. But everything should be in its place when they put the box away so that it is ready for the next fishing trip.

Tackle Kit

There are other items, like fishing hooks, a pocket knife and pliers, that can also be included in the fishing tackle box; but, these items should be added as the child gets older. The parent is the best person to know when their child can safely include these items in their tackle box.

Life Jacket

This is an item that I think should be required when any child is near the water. Kids get excited and jump around...sometimes dangerously

.Don't allow an accident to spoil your fishing experience.

Keep Them Safe.

TAKE ME FISHING 101: Fishing with Kids [Official]

How to Take Children Fishing

wikiHow has an article, How to Take Children Fishing, that gives great pointers to make the fishing-with-a-child experience a pleasure, rather than a disaster. It only takes a minute to read the article...you'll be glad you did.Devin didn't want to touch the fish, he wanted Dad to throw the fish back in the water. He wants to catch it again!

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Do you know kids who love fishing? - tell us about it.

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      JackTheFisher 7 months ago

      Amazing! Was a pleasure reading this!

      Many thanks!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      I went fishing only a few times with my son when he was young, and now he's in his early 20's, he loves to head off to the seashore and drop a line in for some mackerel or whiting.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      You betcha! I raised my son John fishing. We had most of our best talks sitting sharing worms. My biggest thrill was a few years back when we were living in southeast Missouri. He and I went to the Cinque Hommes Creek which ends up in the MIssissippi and started a campfire on the beach. After repeatedly getting snagged in brush, I hollered to John one last time to get me untangled (It was a steep bank and I'm not good on my feet). After a few moments of silence, he said "REEL!" Well, it turns out I had about a 2 foot long Alligator Gar on my line! That had to be my lifetime most exciting fishing moment. This is an excellent lens and fabulous advice on everything! I'm waiting for grandchildren to take fishing:) Blessed.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your personal pictures, as well as the content on your lens. I am from MT, and fishing is so great, I am so glad that fishing with your kids is still important! I JUST wrote a lens on fishing as a great gift idea for Dad, and I featured a fishing rod/reel that apparently kids love...

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This had me smiling right off as memories flooded in of when my sister and I went with Dad to the minnow station to choose our first fishing rods back in the 50's, we were so proud and caught many walleyes with them...other fish too but walleyes are the prize at Kabetogama. Congratulations on front page honors!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      No I have never tried fishing although my husband was crazy about fishing.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Zebco 202 is a great one for kids and adults too, Blessed

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      My husband and daughter love to paddle around with a fishing rod off the dock at the family lake cabin - grand times!

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      Hubcaps.com 5 years ago from 5611 Kimball Court Chino, California 91710

      Can't wait to take my daughter fishing!

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      Tracie-Fisher 5 years ago

      I loved fishing as a kid and don't remember when it went away as an adult. I'm going to have to revisit that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I've taken both my kids fishing and now have taken at least one of my eight grandchildren fishing. Thanks for this lens.

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      seemarahate 5 years ago

      I understand completely!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Some of my fondest childhood memories are around fishing. You're so right, starting kids out with the right gear can make all the difference between fun and frustration for young anglers.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      We go fishing here on the Tennessee River. It is so much fun, and our four girls love to fish. In fact, that is how we spent our Memorial Day!

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      All I ever see are the toy fishing rods for kids. Thanks for pointing these out.

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      gigaparrot 5 years ago

      Great lens, great photos, thanks!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Our grand children did have tackle boxes and am sure they still have them.

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      kimera2 5 years ago

      I like your lens, My son and I love fishing. Here in Alaska its everywhere. No matter where you go there is always a place to drop a line. Happy Fathers Day

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Job on the lens!! Keep it up! Love the pictures!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      LOVE the LENS!!! Thanks for sharing such a great family memory with us and also giving us wonderful fishing tips!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loraine; you did a great job of taking the pictures (can even see the faces of Devin and his dad. Would love seeing more of your summer events. See you soon. Clara