Beginners Guide For Your First Fishing Trip With Your Kids
By Annabelle Smyth
Fishing is a sport that requires a few good tools and a lot of patience. Going fishing with your kids can create some memories that will last forever with them. They will always remember catching that first fish or waking up early to go find that big fish before the sun rises.
With the right bait and a good fishing pole and reel, your patience will be rewarded. There are some basic tools that you will also need to carry along in your tackle box for the inevitable snag on an underwater log.
What To Know
Before you start fishing, you should become familiar with your local rules and regulations. Most states require a fishing license, and if you will be fishing in another state you will need a license for it, as well. In most states kids don’t need a fishing license, but it is also good to check. Here is a list of state fishing license information You may also need to know the daily limits on each type of fish caught.
For example, you may be able to catch and keep five bass, while being able to catch and keep an unlimited number of brim. Become familiar with the different types of fish and how many of each you are allowed to keep per day to avoid a ticket and fines from your local game and fish commission. Each state has different regulations, make sure you know what your state laws are and what fishing permits you would need for you and your kids.
Your Fishing Equipment
The type of fishing that you will be doing has a big impact on the type of tools you need. If you are fishing in a lake, a small rod and reel combo or cane poles are great for kids, but if you will be fishing in the ocean you need a stronger rod and reel. If you are headingout on a deep sea fishing boat they usually supply fishing rods and reels.
The line that you put on your fishing pole is also important. Lightweight line is used for catching smaller fish. A minimum of five to seven pound test is recommended, but you can also use ten pound test if you are looking for the bigger fish.
You can always get fun fishing poles for your kids too. There are plenty of fishing poles that have Spongebob on them or the Avengers. These usually have a easy release caster that is usually a button you press and release. These can be great for teaching your kids how to cast. Plus its a lot of fun for little kids to see how far they can cast their line.
Your tackle box will hold all of your basic equipment. You will need a variety of bait, hooks and sinkers as well as a good knife. You will need a sharp knife on hand in case you catch something unexpected, like a snake, and you need to cut your fishing line. You can find a good selection of fishing knives at http://www.bladeops.com/Butterfly-Knives-s/56.htm.
Bringing along live bait is also a good idea, depending on what you type of fish you are hoping to cathch. Crickets are used to catch brim and worms are a good bait for several types of fish.
Finding the best spots for fishing takes a little experience. The best thing to do is go out on the lake and look for areas where fish are particularly abundant. Coves, around underwater trees, and in deeper water are all excellent places to begin searching. Although if you are fishing with a bunch of little ones you might want to pick a area that wont be easy to tangle your lines or get your line snagged on. Just remember to have fun and be patient with the fish and your kids. Fishing can be a great time for you and your family. Now go out there and land the big one!
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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