How to Encourage a Kid to Fish

How to Encourage a Kid to Fish
Fishing is a sport that people of all ages can enjoy. It's also an activity that allows family members to spend quiet time together and get to know one another better. Encouraging children to fish isn't difficult if you show an interest and allow them to feel like they're a part of it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Encouraging a Kid to Fish

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing pole Fishing reel Tackle Tackle box Bait (optional)
  • Fishing pole
  • Fishing reel
  • Tackle
  • Tackle box
  • Bait (optional)
Step 1
Buy a child his own fishing equipment so he'll have a rig to call his own. Purchase a low-cost rod-and-reel set, a small tackle box, basic tackle and anything else you think might spark interest in the sport.
Step 2
Plan a fishing trip for just you and the child and let her help you plan it. Allow her to help pick the place and what snacks you'll bring.
Step 3
Allow the child to rig his own pole with tackle and bait. This will make him more comfortable with the sport and help him feel more in control.
Step 4
Pass your pole to the child if you get a bite. Allow her to get the feel of a fish biting and reeling it in.
Step 5
Be patient and encourage the child to help his pride and confidence. Make the fishing trip a day filled with pleasant memories.
Step 6
Photograph the event and allow the child to clean her own fish to get the full effect of the trip. Plan another fishing trip in the near future and keep your promise.

Tips & Warnings

Purchase books that identify the local fish and their habits so the child will become more knowledgeable. This will help build her confidence and desire to fish again.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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