Sea Rim State Park offers kid fishing events and shore fishing clinics on a regular basis, and Sabine Lake is where the Elite Redfish Series has been launching for tournament fishing.
Outdoor Empire has some tips for families looking to take their children on their first fishing trip. Read some here, then read the rest at
It would be great if you could share it with your readers, perhaps with a short mention on your blog because I am sure many parents are planning to take their kid fishing before the summer ends.
I’d also be happy to write a shorter version of this post which includes relevant information regarding your local fishing conditions ( species/techniques, spots, regulations ).
Few memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling.
You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, but it helps to have a good game plan in place.
After all, you may be introducing your children to a lifelong hobby, and you want to get started on the right foot.
Good Gear for Kids
Adult anglers often enjoy using the most complicated and nuanced tackle and presentations possible in pursuit of their quarry, but this is obviously not a good idea for youngsters. When fishing with kids, simplicity is the name of the game.
This means that it is best to use cane poles or spinning reels instead of bait-casting gear or other complicated systems.
You should probably start young children out by fishing with a bobber and live bait, instead of lures, which is more likely to become snagged on the bottom, and will take some skill to cast and retrieve properly.
Additionally, kids will often appreciate being able to see their float bounce and bob around in the water, rather than trying to use a submersible lure, which requires them to feel and interpret the location of the bait.
To fish this way, you’ll need
- A pole strung with lightweight (4- to 8-pound-test will suffice) fishing line. To this, you’ll need to attach a float or bobber, with a small hook (#8 to #12) tied to the end of the line.
- A live bait of your choice can then be threaded on the hook. Sometimes, you may need to attach a bit of split shot to the line between the bobber and the hook, to keep the bait from floating up in the water.
Remember that your youngster may not be comfortable wielding a standard fishing pole, so consider using down-sized gear. This will make it easier for them to cast and retrieve their lure, as well as land any fish they manage to hook.