When you hit the open road in your RV, the list of gear you have stowed and strapped down can include everything from bikes and binoculars to kites and kayaks.
One category of equipment that should always be on board is fishing gear.
In this article, we'll go over a few ways you can introduce your family to fishing. Getting kids into fishing is all about returning to basics and having fun.
Read on to pick up some tips on how to have a blast fishing with your kids.
If you have a plan of action and all your gear ready to go, you'll stand a better chance of making a fishing trip fun and engaging.
Here's a gear checklist to get you started:
The rod can be a good old cane pole, but it's better to go with a basic spin casting outfit like the classic Zebco 33. For many years, closed-faced reels like the Zebco 33 have been perfect for introducing kids to the art of casting.
As for the plan of action, it pays to know a little about where you'll be fishing. If you're not familiar with the body of water, try to get some local advice.
You can check in at a local tackle shop and get the kids involved as you buy bait, ask for tips on where to go fishing, and make sure you know the fishing regulations that apply to you.
Forget fancy lures and techniques geared toward catching trophy fish. Kids want to catch something, and using live bait is a way to almost guarantee success.
If you set your young anglers up with a worm and bobber, that's the best way to show them what fishing is all about. They'll need to get their bait on the hook and cast to the right spot, and then watch the bobber, experiencing the anticipation of catching their first fish.
When that bobber finally goes under and the fight is on, you'll see beaming smiles and the excitement that comes with a first catch.
With a little patience, you can show your kids how to cast.
For smaller arms and hands, a sidearm cast is recommended. Here are the basic steps:
Look over your shoulder to make sure nothing will get in the way of your cast.
Demonstrate the cast a few times, explaining to your kids what you're doing at each step. Then, let them try it. You can all giggle at the first few attempts and then cheer together when the casts get better. If you give them tons of encouragement, young casters will get on board fast.
Next, show your kids how to hold the rod in front of them at the 10 o'clock position, and watch for a bite.
You know that it's easy for kids to get distracted. One moment of boredom and you risk losing their attention.
You can make all parts of your fishing adventure fun. Involve your kids in the preparation, build the excitement with the talk of a big fish, and manage expectations with jokes about coming home empty-handed.
If the trip turns into half fishing, half
chasing bugs, and squirrels, let it happen. Especially for really young kids,
fishing should be a soft sell; too much pressure and you may find yourself
ending the day early.
It might go without saying, but you should
leave your own rods at home. You're there to help bait hooks, get unsnagged,
unhook fish, and cheer on the young angler.
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