Have you been fishing as a child? What about your children? Have you been too busy to get out and teach your children how to fish? Would you regret it if you didn't? It's time to make a plan a fishing trip with your children, buy the gear and bait, practice at home, pack for the trip and take a fishing trip this season.
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Make Your Fishing Trip Plan
First, you will need to talk to your spouse about this idea. Sit down with a calendar and decide when would be a good date for fishing, as well as where. Will it be local so that you can travel from your home? Or will you need to book a stay at a cabin or campground and make it a fishing vacation? Make arrangements for those left behind. Does your dog need a sitter? Do you have a baby or toddler you would like to leave with Grandma?
After you have the day(s) written on your calendar, it's time to write all of the preparation days with a note of what you will be doing on each day to get ready. Here are some to think about:
- Reserving your space or rental equipment (do you need to reserve a campground space, a camper, a cabin, a boat rental, gear rental)
- Purchasing your fishing licenses
- A shopping trip for clothing, fishing gear, bait, snacks, etc.
- Time to practice fishing with your children at home
- Packing time
- Time to pick up the boat, drop off the dog or baby, get fresh live bait, etc.
- Travel time to your destination
Buying The Fishing Gear and Bait
Next, you need to think about what type of water will you be fishing on? Consider whether it will be saltwater, huge lake freshwater, smaller lake freshwater, river, river backwater, pond, creek, etc. Knowing the type of water will help you research what you need to bring. Especially the type of bait you will use. For example, if you know you will be going on a carp fishing trip, you know you will want to have Creamino boilies as they are, in my opinion, the best bait for carp.
You also need to know if you will be fishing on shore or from a boat. If you are in a boat, you will need life jackets. If you are on shore, you may want a chair to sit on. This will also help you decide what to bring to keep your fish fresh. In a boat, you may have a live-well to place the fish in to keep them fresh, but on shore, you might want a cooler of ice water.
Make a list of all the things you need to purchase, including a fillet knife and sharpening stone to process your catch afterwards.
Practice At Home
On your day that you will practice with your children at home. Think about where you can do this. I highly suggest your driveway or garage. You need a hard surface under you in case any hooks get dropped. They are almost impossible to find in the grass and you don't want little bare feet or your dog's paws to find them in the grass for you!
Teach your children to tie on the hooks or tackle, put their own sinkers/weights and bobbers on. This will save you as the parent many minutes doing this for them on the trip. Yes, you will still need to help and remind and re-teach and help them get out of snags, but it's better to teach them some before-hand. Practice casting with a small plastic practice weight on the end rather than a hook.
Talk to your children about using a bobber as well as fishing off the bottom and how it is different. Know that actually doing it is by far the best teacher, but it's good to prepare.
Pack for the Trip
Now it's time to pack for your fishing trip. I like to make a list of all the things I have already purchased. I might go look at my sales receipts for help. Include the fishing license. Here are a few items to get your own list started. Keep in mind – what type of water you are fishing on, whether it is from a boat or on shore and if you are staying overnight.
- water to drink
- camera for photos
- a healthy for your skin sunscreen
- snacks or food and accompanying utensils/cookware/storage containers
- fishing license and local law/regulations booklet
- fishing items, such as: rod, reel, line, bobbers, sinkers/weights, hooks/tackle, bait, tools to remove hooks from fish mouths, measuring tape, fish weight measure, cooler with water to hold catch, life preserver vests, lawn chairs, fillet knife, cutting board, trash bags
Take a Fishing Trip with Your Children
Now it's time to put this plan into action and take a fishing trip with your children. Plan to smile and laugh a lot as you as a parent set the tone for your children. It will only be “fun” if you are having fun, smiling, talking nicely, and being extra patient. Take lots of photos and have a great trip!
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