Fishing has been a priority for me since I was born. On my dad’s side of the family, my grandfather dragged me to every pollock hole, trout creek, and catfish lake in the state. My mom’s parents owned a bait and homeware store in central New Jersey. After school, my mom would delight in baiting my hooks and untangling my line at local ponds. My dad took me fishing anywhere I wanted to go. We were a fishing family even when I wasn’t on the water, I still fished. Rubber sharks became tarpon. Paper clips have become hooks. The deck of my childhood home was my great fishing boat, and when the sun went down the couch became the pier. Looking back now, I was very lucky.
The truth is that even a child who has grown up with plenty of opportunities to hunt will not necessarily catch fire for life. After all, I have many companions of hardcore hunters whose children have not fully taken the bait, despite the best efforts of their parents.
I’ve had two chances. My 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte, had lost interest in fishing, but taking it when she was younger instilled a deep love for nature, the creatures, and the pollution outside. I am happy with that. My son, Jimmy, who is 4 years old, is more obsessed with fishing than I was his age (which is no easy feat). In my conversations with parents like myself who want their children to embrace sports, I discovered some common mistakes. Through their experiences, and my own, I’ve come up with some of the most common mistakes parents make when putting their young children on the trails of fishing mania.
They are waiting for the “perfect” era
I know some fishermen who have children between the ages of 6 and 10. They talk about convincing their kids to fish all the time, but they don’t get them out very often. I have the impression that they are waiting to reach a certain age or level of maturity that will allow them to take trips that are cooler than just dipping the worm for blue gills. I get this, because I can’t wait for my son to be old enough to join me outside and on 10-mile river rafts. But in my experience, if you don’t sling a 4- or 5-year-old, it becomes difficult to get him excited. By the age of seven or eight, they’ve already decided their goal is skateboards, soccer, dancing, or video games. do not wait. Start as soon as they can walk.
They save fishing for water
So how do you start “hunting” with a child who is still in a high chair? The answer, in my opinion, is not to tie them to your back and go into a stream. I see this a lot and honestly it seems like a pain in the ass. I hated laying them on my back at the zoo, not to mention lying tossing and balancing on rocks. Alternatively, buy a book filled with great illustrations of game fish or get attention-grabbing pictures. Look at it together. Make them a game to memorize the names of the fish. Have them point out all the red flies on the page. Order the plastic trout that your little one can nibble on. Make sure that one of the marigolds is on his bed, similar to a fish you love to catch. The more fish and fishing related things a child sees early on, the more likely the child will begin to realize the importance of fishing in your family.
They go fishing often
This may sound counterintuitive, but I’m a firm believer in not taking young children fishing often. I try to get water twice a month. I can take them out much more, but I want to truly Hunting is something special. My son is perfectly happy to play fishing day in and day out, but when I say we go for real fishing, man, he loses. I never want that excitement to go away. I want him to be the same as I was his age: unable to sleep the night before Trout Day opened. I worry that if you take him fishing a lot at 4 years old, that strength might wear off. If he’s 9 or 10 and he still has that much enthusiasm for the sport, then the game will go on – I’m going to face him as much as he wants.
They don’t know when to gather
One of the mistakes I made with my daughter was to let Mine The desire to fish rule the day. But I quickly learned that you have nothing to do with hunting a small child. The quickest way to keep kids away from fishing is to force them to. You may be daydreaming about massive bass in the lake, forming a plan of attack for the next few hours, but then, your kid catches two sunshine and wants to leave…you’re done. surety. I figured every early outing is craps photography, and that’s okay. Sometimes my son would stay by my side and reef on rock bass or trout until the worms ran out. Next time, he might hook up with one fish and decide, for whatever reason, that he’s ready to go get ice cream. So this is what we do. Whether the trip took two hours or 20 minutes, what matters is that he had fun. If you plug them in, they’ll have years to be mad about missing windows, broken trophies, rotating props, and terrible hunting conditions. But at first, it should be fun.