8 Ways To Make Family Fishing Vacations Unforgettable

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Tomorrow will be a good day to take your children fishing. Catch some bait. Sit on a pond, lake or river bank. Try for a big one.

Maybe you'll catch some. Maybe you won't. But one thing's for sure: whether you catch fish or not, if you plan things properly, you'll create some special memories for you and your family.

If you're new to this game, you may not know the best ways to go about that planning part. I have six grown sons, and when I first started taking the oldest boys fishing, I made lots of mistakes. They weren't big mistakes, but our fishing trips might have been more fun had I known then what I do now.

So please allow me to share what I learned so you can avoid the same mistakes and start having fun from the get-go. If you'll follow these simple tips whenever possible, your fishing trips will be full of smiling faces and laughter. That's the best outcome any of us could hope for.

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gaf_june_cov_2To find the perfect spot for an unforgettable family fishing vacation in your state, pick up the June issue of Game & Fish/Sportsman magazine available now on newsstands, or subscribe to the digital edition here!


Photo by Ryan Gilligan

About the Author

With a resumé listing more than 3,800 magazine, newspaper and website articles about fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation, Keith "Catfish" Sutton of Alexander, Ark., has established a reputation as one of the country's best-known outdoor writers. In 2012, he was enshrined in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator. The 13 books he's written are available through his website.

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