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.
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.
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.
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.
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