Beginner Tips for Fishing With the Family

Summertime provides the perfect opportunity to introduce kids to fishing. Boys and girls alike can experience the excitement from reeling in their first fish. Teaching kids as young as 4 years old can be a simple task that doesn’t require a ton of preparation or equipment. Here are some quick tips on how you can make your first family fishing adventure a memorable one!

Tip 1: Beginner’s fishing kits are easy and affordable

You can find kids fishing kits for as little as $30-$40 on Amazon – I like this PLUSINNO kit. Instructions are usually on the packaging, so you aren’t required to be a pro yourself…just good at reading!

Tip 2: Don’t overthink bait

No need to aim for a trophy fish the first time. Check your kitchen for a can of kernel corn or dice up a hotdog – both can work great as bait for sunfish.

Tip 3: Kids won’t always need a license       

Many states allow children under 16 to fish without a fishing license. But just be aware that if you want to fish alongside them, you’ll likely need to obtain one for yourself.

Tip 4: Bring the whole family

Pack a picnic basket or a frisbee, too. This way, everyone can still enjoy being outdoors and appreciate nature even if they’d rather not partake in the fishing! Fishing is also a great opportunity to have a discussion about the importance of clean water and conservation.

I took my nephews when they were 6 and 9 years old and they absolutely love it whenever we go now. If you are looking for something fun to do together with your kids this summer, give fishing a try. It’s a lot easier than you think!

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