Fishing with kids can be a challenge, never fear we're here to give you key tips and tricks in getting your little ones prepared for a big day out.
1) Start by introducing them to the concept of fishing
Run them through a short history lesson of fishing. Answer their potential questions on the who/why/when/how people fish and show them images or videos of common fishing species found in Australia.
2) Preparing for your big day out
Before planning your big day out it's important to study the weather forecast and look for comfortable conditions with low winds, low UV levels and no rain, as well as good tide times.
Encourage your little ones by packing their favourite snacks, dressing them in colourful sun protective clothing and their own fishing equipment. When selecting fishing equipment put them in charge! Let them select their lure colours, and rod colour, though ensure whatever equipment you buy matches their size, you don't want anything too long or heavy.
It's also very important to select the right location, narrow this down by thinking about where you've caught the most fish. Consider amenities like toilets, restaurants and playgrounds as well as travel time to the fishing location.
3) On the day
Safety always comes first! So make sure you do everything you can to avoid any mishaps. Avoid slippery rocks, steep areas, areas where snakes and other pests may reside. Ensure there is adequate distance when casting, teaching your kids not to walk behind others. Show them how all their equipment works including lures and how sharp hooks can be. Gear them up with a life jacket their size and one that's been recently serviced.
When you begin actually fishing educate them on which fish you're trying to target. Teach them how to properly handle the target fish with care and practice catch and release methods. Catch and release should be the preferred option as they'll get a buzz catching the fish and then releasing them - watching the fish swim away. This will also teach them the importance of sustainability.
Allow them to select the lure colour, however handle the lure yourself. Encourage them to change it up if the method your practicing isn't attracting any fish.
If things begin to slow down, have some interesting fishing facts or activities prepared so that your little ones will continue to be stimulated.
4) After the big day out
Keep up the excitement and momentum by introducing other related activities like camping, walking along a river or lake or even just colouring in fishes and lures. Build up their actual skills by teaching them how to cast, how to use the reel properly and eventually have them assist with rigging up, tying knots and spooling reels.