Tips for fishing with your kids

Make fishing a fun adventure for kids

Making fishing a family event can be a fun adventure. To get the most out of your trip, follow these tips for fishing with kids.

Make it about the kids: When fishing with kids - especially for their first couple of trips - you might not be hauling in a lot of fish. Try to be patient with the kids and make it an adventure for them, allowing them time to wade in the water, swim, look for insects, frogs and other creatures on the water.

Teach the basic skills: When it's time to focus on fishing, take it slow with the kids and teach them step-by-step what they need to do. Don't bring your most expensive tackle. Bring tackle that you expect the kids to damage as they're learning.

Make it fun: Kids might get bored as they're waiting for the fish to bite. Try to think of some games the kids can play while they are waiting to keep them engaged in the experience.

Be prepared: Make sure to pack sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks and extra layers of clothing.

Be safe: Make sure adults supervise the kids at all times, especially around the fishing gear and hooks to prevent injuries. Also make sure everyone in the boat is wearing a life jacket at all times.

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