Fishing with your kids is always fun. Warm days, cool nights and the feeling of accomplishment when your child reels in his or her first catch – it’s a great activity for a weekend and beyond.
Here are a few easy steps for teaching your kids how to fish:
Make sure you have everything you need in advance, including sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, water, a first-aid kit, etc. Also make sure you’ve got the right gear for your child. Kids shouldn’t be using adult-size rod and reels, so seek out an inexpensive child-size rod and reel prior to the trip.
Go for a dry run
Before you go, practice a few key skills. Try some practice casting in your backyard, and demonstrate setting a hook.
Practice makes perfect
It can be startling the first time your child experiences that tug on the line. When casting jigs, tug on the line while your child holds the rod to simulate the experience.
Choose the right cast
A sidearm cast is safer for a child than an overhead cast. Here’s how to do it: First, shoulder-check to makes sure no one’s in harm’s way and then bring the rod back, keeping it above your waist. Then, swing the rod forward with a flick of the wrist, and release the line, ending with the rod pointing at the target.
Be patient and encouraging
Do you remember the first time you fished? There was a lot to learn! Recognize that it takes time to master a new skill and make sure to praise your child for the progress he or she has already made!
If you’re thinking of going on a fishing trip with your kids, you’ll want to visit Lawrence Bay Lodge. We are located on Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan, one of the world’s top lakes for fishing. Give us a call at 701-262-4560 to book your stay today!