Father’s Day this year is June 19th. If you haven’t taken your kid (or a nephew or niece or grandkid) fishing yet, now is the time to introduce them to the sport.
I’ve started my kids fishing at a young age, and while they are now both adults they still enjoy fishing and fondly remember those trips as some of the best of their childhoods.
if you want your kids to have a love and respect for nature and the environment, you really have to get them outdoors. A great place to start is on the water, any water … lake, pond, stream or bay.
Time on the water with a kid of any age is quality time. It’s quiet time, it’s fun time and it’s a learning experience for both the adult and the child. The life lessons that a child learns while fishing will stay with them for forever. Trust me I’ve been fishing since the early 1970s.
They will always remember their first fish or fishing trip as one of the best days of their lives.
Bonds that last a Lifetime
While this goes without saying, the bonds and memories made with a child while fishing are engraved in their DNA forever. Many years later you will still remember and talk about the fishing trip.
As my late father used to say, no one on their death bed wishes they spent more time at the office working.
Tips to Remember
- It’s fishing not catching
- Encourage them even when a fish breaks off or the bite is slow
- Don’t make it a competition, in fact let them catch more and bigger fish
- Fishing doesn’t require a lot of fancy or expensive gear, but don’t tell my wife I said that!
- If you are not sure of where to go or want an easy fun day with a lot of rod bending action for your kids hire a professional guide, especially one that is family / kid friendly
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