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What to expect when fishing with young kids

What to expect when fishing with young kids
What to expect when fishing with young kids
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Whether you are a seasoned angler or new to the lake bank, taking a child fishing for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Of course, most people don't want to admit that they have reservations about taking their children fishing for fear they will be told they are overreacting, but it's perfectly natural to be apprehensive. This is what you can expect on your first fishing trip with your kids that may help get you through the day.

Expect lost and broken tackle

If fishing is your hobby there is a chance you have an abundance tackle, but that doesn't mean you have any to spare. After all, most hobbyist tend to hoard (for the lack of a better word) the tools of their trade, so to speak. If this is the case, then you should prepare yourself to say goodbye to some of your precious tackle. Even though your little one may not intend to trash or lose the fishing tackle, there is a good chance one or both of those things will happen.

There will be interruptions

It's often said that kids have the attention span of a gnat, which isn't ideal for a day of fishing. So, if you had grand plans of taking your child to the lake for a day of fishing, and you actually planned on fishing, you should probably think again. If you're lucky, you may get a few minutes of uninterrupted fishing in, but for the most part you will most likely be tending to the child.

Fish can be scary to children

You've likely seen one of the numerous fishing videos on the Internet where a small child is being chased around and around a fishing pole by a “flying” fish on a hook. Funny, right? Wrong. To the child that little “flying” fish is a giant monster trying to catch them, or worse, eat them! So, if your little one is afraid of the fish at first, don't push them too hard. Be patient, and let them run away if need be.

Fishing is a fun family activity, but when you're fishing with a kid it can also be challenging. Your day will go a lot smoother if you make the day about your child and not about the fishing. Let the child experience all that this great sport has to offer, and you just might have a fishing buddy for life.