Some Advice on Taking your Children fishing

This is fresh on my mind since I took Michaela Offer age 9and Amara Lally age 10 fishing this morning.

First and foremost, you better get it out of your head thatyou will be fishing while with your children. Trust me; leave your Rod at home!Greedy me took a Fly rod and Spinning Rod .I did manage to get my Fly wet forabout 30 seconds, when I heard: Mom we got one. 
Also if you favor fishing with artificials, this is not thetime to teach your kids the skill and art of proper fishing techniques.  Sorry you will be fishing with bait.The goal is to get your kids to catch a fish, preferably catch a fish fast orthe kids will lose interest. Also it is a good idea to bring a net, that waykids can go catch Minnows and other little water critters. You might want tohave your binoculars with you and a book on local Birds (If your children areold enough)
 Next make sure you do not venture far away from the kids,odds are you will not get far anyway. Besides baiting hooks, getting fish ofthe hook, there are the dreaded knots. Remember goal is to keep them fishingand catch fish fast, don?t bother trying to save that line, cut it and retie!
 With the Girls I put on the first 4 worms, had them watchand after that they were on their ??own??. (Not going to lie, it is not myfavorite thing to do either, get those little slimy follows on the hook, evenworst when you know you are running low on worms and you have to cut them inhalf?.yuck)
Some other pointers when fishing with children. Pick alocation where the bathroom is near by. Have snacks and drinks on hand. With alittle preparation before hand you can enjoy a few hours of fishing with yourchildren. We managed to fish 3 hours this morning. Also keep in mind the age ofchild you are fishing with. Under 10 you may only get 1 hour in, if you arelucky! Even less with children younger then 5.

 What ever happens, stay calm andcollected. The Goal is for them to have a good time because you want them to gofishing again. The first time you hear: Mom (Dad) can we go fishing? You knowyou did a job well done!

There are so many things to be learned when spending sometime with your kids in the great outdoors. Not to mention this is anopportunity to teach conservation first hand. One of those opportunities for methis morning was when I send the Girls to dispose of the tangled line, not inthe trash or the ground but to run it to the line recycle station
 Also we didnot keep a single fish, catch and release only. They understand the reason wepractice catch and release is , that fish will be there for us or other peopleto be caught again. (Depending on the type of fish you are targeting, this isthe time to talk about size limits and what size is legal to keep).
Our children learn from us. We all can only gain from thoselittle experiences if those were the right ones.

 Last but not least, make sure you bring a Camera! These arememories for a lifetime even better when you can print them. Your children willlook at those pictures and remember how great of time they had fishing with you
Happy Father?s Day
 Remember to take your Children fishing, they are our nextGeneration Anglers.
 Tight Lines 
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