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FISHING WITH KIDS: KEEPING IT SIMPLE

Introducing kids to fishing is both wonderful and frustrating. If they haven’t caught something in 5 minutes, that trip to the water may well be over, sooner rather than later. So, here are some quick and easy tips to get them hooked.

It’s never about the size of the fish caught, it’s about the number of fish caught, in the shortest space of time and about how much bait you can lose. Remember, this experience needs to exciting. Keep everything simple. Keep everything light. Use a top bait and go somewhere within easy reach of the water.

LOCATION

Somewhere easy to get to, easy to drop a bait in and easy to supervise. First things first, make sure you research high tide then locate your nearest pier, an easy river bank in a busy picnic area or a very quiet beach. Avoids snaggy rocks and water that’s too hard to reach. Remember it’s not about you anymore.

TIP #1: THE LIGHTEST IS THE BEST

Depending on your levels of knot untangling, there are two options. A handline, which are cheap, easy to manage, you can feel the bites in your fingers and the kids will end up with fewer knots. The second option is a fishing rod. Fishing rods can be cheap, easy to hold in the hand but can be a challenge to cast and untangle. It is best to wait until the fishing bug bites before buying the kids fishing rods, which by when will be time to talk swivels and lures.

TIP#2: FISH FROM A PIER OR ANY EASY ACCESS TO WATER

Arguably, the best way to fish from a pier or any easy to access water is without weight. In other words, just using a hook and the line. If you don’t have to cast, then there’s no real need to use a sinker, except in the case where things are sinking, go with a simple ball sinker to get that bait hook and line in the water when catching fish with kids.

TIP #3: BAIT

There are just so many choices. Top bait, such as peeled prawns (yes, peel them and throw the peel in the water) followed by pilchards (stinky and amazing) and finally, bread (the cheapest white bread you can find). Never underestimate bread as a bait. it moulds perfectly around the and presto, the perfect presentation. It can also be eaten by the kids if necessary. Throw the crusts in the water for berley.

TIP #4: DON’T OVERDO ANYTHING

The key to successful fishing with kids is keeping it simple. Don’t buy unnecessary rods and gear, which eventually gets tangled, rusted and thrown out. Enjoy catching Toadies, releasing Bream or just getting excited by losing bait.

GO FOR IT

Handline, small hooks, small ball sinkers and suitable water. Keep it simple because if the fishing bug hits, be prepared for the greatest and most exciting spending spree ever.

 


Excellent stuff Marcus. Can feel this advice comes from a lot of experience. Is there anything you would like to add that can help when fishing with kids?

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Marc Horton-Stephens
mhortonstephens@mfac.edu.au

Sunshine Coast fisho. Family man, boat owner and adventure seeker. I've been fishing, camping and photographing animals for as long as I can remember. I work as a teacher fulltime and can think of nothing better than educating our future leaders. I strongly believe in the protection and conservation of wildlife and that we all have a responsibility to keep our planet brilliant.