You’ve finally decided to spend some time with your kids by taking them out for fishing for the first time. You want to make sure they have fun, catch some fish along the way, and possibly learn to appreciate nature. The most important things are to be patient, keep things lighthearted, and focus on the experience rather than the outcome.
With proper planning and the right mindset, the first fishing could spark a lifelong hobby for your kids. However, there are a few dos and don’ts you need to keep in mind to ensure everyone has a good time.
Do Take Photos
Capture the moments – capture the kids’ expressions when they reel in their first fish or get a bite. Later, looking through the photos together will bring back happy memories of their first time fishing.
Don’t Get Frustrated
Kids tend to make noise or splash around in the water. Don’t yell at them, instead, react in a calm, patient manner. You can even remind them that too much noise will scare the fish away.
Do Bring Drinks, Snacks, and Entertainment
Get your kids something to eat or drink during fishing. Keep them comfortable, hydrated, and occupied between the catches. For entertainment, you can pack some of their favorite books or toys. This helps in keeping away boredom.
Do Book a Fishing Charter Service
By booking a fishing charter service, you can let the experts take charge of the gear and finding the fish. Your kids will have more fun reeling catch after catch. Additionally, the crew will take care of the casting, baiting, and knot-tying – giving you adequate time to help your children.
Don’t Forget Necessities
Items like bug spray, sun protection, weather-appropriate attire, a hat, and maybe a blanket they can sit on while waiting for the fish to bite. Comfort matters; the more comfortable the kids are, the more they’ll enjoy themselves.
Do Give Them Some Praise
You can encourage your kids by cheering them on as they reel in fish. Tell them how great they are doing and give them some high fives. Share in their joy and enthusiasm.
Do Make It Fun
Crack jokes, laugh together, and create memories. Even if they aren’t catching the fish, they’ll remember the experience of spending time together – and that’s what matters.
Don’t Let The Kids Bait Their Hooks
Letting the kids bait their hooks can result in unnecessary injuries. The best you can do for them is to do the baiting yourself to avoid injuries and ensure everyone’s safety. This is one of the many reasons you should also have first aid items with you.
Do Give Each Child a Job to Do
Giving each child a responsibility will make them feel an important part of the exercise. This can improve their focus. With proper planning and some fun, your kids’ first-time trip will be an unforgettable day both of you treasure for years to come.
There you have it, some helpful tips for taking your kids fishing for the first time and making it a fun experience for everyone on board.