Why do you need to go fishing with your kids?

By Demi Rose

Do you need to have fun with your kids? Are you looking for the best, memorable and breathe activity to indulge in? Well, just take your kids fishing and you will surely like the idea.  This is a golden activity that every kid will cherish and appreciate forever.

Fishing is less expensive compared to other fun activities for kids. It is a great recreational activity with extreme fun and learning. Besides, you will have the most quality time together. The key thing to note is that you need to prepare well since fishing with kids requires expertise and patience especially if it’s your first time.

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Understanding the importance of Fishing with kids

Fishing with kids is an enjoyable experience if you know how to go about it. Natural surroundings are beautiful, peaceful and friendly to kids. Kids enjoy fishing with adults, getting the training and learning the tactics as they travel up and down water.

Most kids seek to be great fishermen in the future. Fish catching is thrilling and amazing. It is a big surprise hence every kid will ask for a photo of their first catch. Note that most adults who enjoy fishing today started enjoying this aspect when they were young.

 

What you need to make fishing with kids enjoyable

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Thorough preparation is vital prior to going fishing with kids. Remember, kids need to have all it takes to make fishing enjoyable and that is your ultimate goal too. Therefore you cannot afford to miss the following fishing gear while taking your kids to a fishing arena.

A cane pole is the simplest fishing rod for kids.  Custom fly rods and salty water rods are heavy and can only be used by adults in salty water. Involve your kids in choosing the fishing baits, fishing pliers, lures and hooks they will use during fishing such as worms and baits that may seem to be scary and less friendly to kids.

Sunscreens and hats, insect repellants, and sunglasses should be available for kids to use during the fishing trip. These will protect them from damage from the sun, insects’ bites and protect the eyes while near the water. Fishing is made great by taking the right gear with you.

 

How Fishing transforms kids

There is much that the young people can learn from a fishing experience apart from splashing water, jumping up and down and luckily making a catch. This is solely dependent on how well the parent or the adult in charge of kids plays their role. While you go fishing with your kids, be sure that they will acquire the following:

Patience

To make a catch may take plenty of time especially if the kids are still learning and their skills are not yet sharp. All kids want is making a catch and convincing them to keep on trying can be the most difficult thing. In the long run, they get used to waiting and being focused, hence they can wait for 15 minutes, a half an hour, for hours or even go for the whole day with no catch.  ‘During these times, it is a great time to talk and bond with your kids.

Confidence and diligence

Every fishing day is a learning experience for kids. They develop fishing skills and tactics that will lead to a catch hence enhancing their confidence. Even though you may spend a whole day without getting a bite, the kids build their confidence.

Children are keen on understanding the fishing environment and sharpening their skills. They develop the ability to plan on how to land a catch after a fish strikes the line. They set the hook and allow reeling while paying attention to fighting the fish.

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Why fishing with kids makes the difference

Not every kid can be squeamish. While you take your little ones fishing, they learn to unhook a fish, clean them and even prepare them for cooking. These skills are great for their future life.

After learning fishing in their early life, this becomes a hobby. When you love fishing and they love it too, it becomes an activity that brings the family together hence creating unity. Connecting with nature with your kids makes life more real and uplifting.

The joy in fishing causes kids to appreciate nature. They smile at the trees around, the rocks and carry some flowers home. They learn to value wonderland and participate in making it more beautiful.

 

Plan to get kids off cell phones and laptops easily

Technology is great, but should not overrule our love for nature. Taking your kids fishing is a kind way of giving them a day off digital devices. They need to learn nature as well and develop a good connection to their surrounding environment and trust me fishing is the most amazing way to disrupt them.

You must accept that our kids are too much in love with technology, and while engrossed in their video games, will often not even listen to what you say. When you take them fishing, you will win their attention back.

Fishing teaches us how to pay attention. While fishing you can talk to your children with fewer distractions. It is even more fun to start up a conversation naturally while fishing without having to force things. It is a good environment to educate your children about life, while they can experience it through nature.

 

Conclusion

Always learn good fishing skills before taking your kids down to the water. Have floaters and sinkers for them to use until they are confident enough to be in or around water. An emergency fishing kit is very necessary since, with kids’ playful nature, accidents might occur.

Going fishing with your children is the most amazing gift you can give them. This video helps you realize more on why you must go fishing with your kid(s). It is an ultimate way of sharing love and bonding strongly with zero disturbances. Kids are able to develop faster than the rest, both psychologically and emotionally.

We all need kids that can reason with us. We want to develop common hobbies to enjoy together until the end of our time in this world. Your kids will experience a love of nature, learn to conserve it and develop virtues that are could never be found elsewhere. It’s simply great fishing with your little ones!

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Hi! I’m Demi – founder and editor in chief here at Outdoorsdoc. There, I share everything I know about enjoying and surviving the outdoors and sports. If you love to go outdoors, you will find interesting and informational articles on this blog.

23 thoughts on “Why do you need to go fishing with your kids?

  • October 3, 2018 at 6:08 pm
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    Activities are one of the best ways to bond with kids and fishing is not only a fabulous idea but a great skill to learn. Now, I’d love to earn that one.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    I love fishing! The last time I was with my youngest son two weeks ago and we caught 5-6 fish. We were both excited. Fishing really develops patience and self-confidence and strengthens relationships between parents and children.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    This is a great family activity! I never had the patience of fishing as a kid, but I probably could have used some encouragement lol, and I enjoyed the family time. My brother on the other hand would fish for hours on end as a kid all by himself! 🙂

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  • September 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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    I cannot say enough about this. Learning to fish has fed me (when going out camping), not to mention it has provided some GREAT memories to look back on. This post holds so much truth.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 4:35 am
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    My niece and nephews love to go outside. They always have been the one to go outside instead of being inside playing with their electronics.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 4:16 am
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    I love this! My three-year-old just expressed an interest in fishing to us. Her dad and I are totally inexperienced and clueless about it, but her uncle is an avid fisherman who loves to teach his passion. We’re already making plans to get her first lesson in fishing with him 🙂

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    • September 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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      Hi Leigh
      It’s me, Demi. I’m so happy you like my article.

      I believe your boy will be a great fisherman!

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  • September 27, 2018 at 4:04 am
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    Indeed a great way to get kids away from cell phones. Patience is another big virtue acquired with this hobby. Very well described with valid points.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    This is such a great reasource and way to build relationship with your kids.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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    Great post. I loved reading this as fishing is a great activity for kids. Patience is essential and this is a great way to learn!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    Ha! I remember fishing once with my dad – we took a class together with some family friends and my siblings and it looked like I was paying ZERO attention, so the instructor made me tie a knot and BAM, tied it perfectly. I remember impressing the crap out of everyone.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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    I don’t know if I would take my children fishing, because I have only done it once or twice in my life myself! However, if I become more experienced, and I had children, I probably would. I agree that fishing is a good bonding time for families, and for a parent and a child.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 9:56 pm
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    Because I dont eat fish myself, I wouldnt take my future kids fishing. However, I agree with you when you say that kids are far too much into their tech gadgets and taking them outdoors and showing them the beauty of nature can open their eyes and be a great family bonding experience!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    I like the part about how fishing can transform kids. Patience is a good skill to learn. We want to teach our kids fishing because it can teach them a lot. I love that it gets them off their phones for sure.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm
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    Any activity out in nature is a great way to get kids away from their devices. I was never patient enough to fish as a kid, though . . . I thought if I wasn’t catching anything, it wasn’t worth it! LOL

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  • September 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    I had my very first experience fishing here in the US. It was an amazing experience and I caught the biggest fish!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    I used to fish as a kid for sport. And you’re right, it does teach them a lot of important skills like patience, diligence, etc. The thing I liked about it the most though, was the bonding time. My parents never really took me fishing, but I would go fishing with my next door neighbor. He taught me all about it 🙂 I think fishing is even more important now, with all of the electronics around. I feel that kids these days will never fully appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer them, unless we show them the way with activities like this.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    I am not the very outdoorsy type so my son didn’t grow up in to things like this. We are city fold from NYC so going fishing wasn’t an option. But I think it’s important to expose your children to new and different experiences.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    We always went fishing as kids – such a fun family activity. So important to get everyone outside and away from the TV! Charlie xo

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  • September 26, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    My step dad would love this article , he is a keen fisher. I myself am not a big fan but i can imagine it could be a great past time for my son when he is older

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:21 am
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    Our 14 year old has recently gotten into fishing. We dont fish ourselves, so it has been fun learning together. We arent particularly close to water, but he will happily get up early for us to take him fishing on the weekend. It gets all of us outdoors ?

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  • September 26, 2018 at 12:14 am
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    In my province, there are a lot of rivers, lakes and the body’s of water we can do fishing. Thanks for giving this insight. This will absolutely encourage me to bring my family on my next fishing trip.

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    • September 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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      Hi Jack,
      It’s me, Demi. Thank you for raising your concern. I wish all the best luck for your fishing trip.

      Regards

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