Fishing With Children: Six Steps To Success

Jon Sutton

The only thing more fun than catching a ton of fish is helping a boy do the same. While fishing with children is great fun, if you don’t catch anything, most young anglers will get bored quickly and lose interest in fishing.

Fortunately, you can increase your chances of catching fish and instill a lifelong love for fishing by following these six steps:

1. Start with the right mindset. While many adult anglers take fishing very seriously, it is important that things are fun while fishing with children. Problems and challenges are guaranteed, but if you stay positive and try to make the most of your time on the water, you will catch more fish and have a great time with it.

2. Use appropriate equipment for young anglers. There is no point in letting teenagers use devices they cannot handle. So put away your 7 foot lure throw combo and opt for a 5 foot spinning or slinging rig. This way the children spend less time on technical problems and more time on their leash in the water. For especially young anglers, consider pitching them up with a pipe rod to make things even easier.

3. Choose a great place. If you’d rather spend your day untangling the string from trees and finding trapped bait, try finding a wide open spot that you and the kids can fish from. Piers and docks are great options as they usually have open cast paths in all directions.

4. Target suitable species. Forget about cautious wild trout and largemouth bass when fishing with first-time anglers. Instead, aim for panfish or catfish, which generally require less finesse to catch. Most productive bodies of water, from small farm ponds to large impoundments, have healthy populations of these fish species, which increases your chances of catching some.

5. Use a productive bait. When fishing with beginners, not only will you want to use bait instead of bait, you want the most productive bait possible. Red wigglers, crickets, and batter balls are often very effective for catching panfish, while hot dog slices and shrimp are often some of the most productive catfish baits in many areas.

6. Provide the necessary comfort for the creature to keep morale high. You may be willing to put up with hot temperatures and a parched palate, but kids will generally forget all about fishing once they start feeling uncomfortable. This is why you should bring snacks and drinks to keep them happy.

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