Sea fishing is an exciting and rewarding outdoor pastime and a great way for generations to bond. Instilling a love of fishing in your children can be a brilliant way to forge a link between you that will last a lifetime but how should you start?
Introducing a Child to the Concept of Fishing
Young children are naturally curious and are likely to find all aspects of fishing exciting. While toddlers will not be able to join their parents on sea angling adventures early on, you can excite their enthusiasm by getting them to come along on bait seeking trip – after all what toddler doesn’t think that digging for worms or looking for crabs in rock pools is a great way to spend time?
When taking part in these activities you can explain toy your child what the crabs and worms will be used for – you may wish to allow them to watch as you prepare bait before a fishing trip in order that they are not surprised by the practice later on.
First Fishing Trips
Once a child is ready to be introduced to fishing you should select a safe spot for their first attempt. Beach casting is probably the safest way for a child to start sea angling. Try getting a child to cast without a hook at first in order for them to master the action. Once you are confident they understand the way in which casting works, you will need to bait a hook for them and assist them with their first casts.
A Child’s First Catch
If a child gets a bite try to direct them in what to do, but avoid the urge to take over yourself in order to land the fish. A child will want to feel that they are responsible for their own achievements and will soon tire of fishing if you always step in at the crucial moment.