It’s a really important skill to pass on to your kids too. Many fathers, sons, mothers and daughters have bonded throughout the centuries over the planning of the trip, celebrating the catch and preparing, cooking and eating the fish together as a family. It’s a great experience for any family, but the survivalist it’s doubly important because you’re imparting a skill that will ensure their health and wellbeing in difficult circumstances, giving you peace of mind and pride in their accomplishments.
But in today’s world of social media and video games, kids are finding it harder than ever to muster the focus required to fish. Here are some helpful tips to get them used to appreciating and enjoying the art of fishing.
Kids are never too young to learn the value of nutrition and where their food comes from (more on that in a moment). You might think that your child lacks the patience or maturity to take an interest in fishing but the truth is that you can start laying the foundations for an appreciation of nature at a very early age. Taking them for walks in the woods and getting them used to the sights, sounds and textures of trees, dirt and water will predispose them for a love and understanding of nature so that they’re just itching with anticipation when the time comes to get in the water.
Many children lose interest in activities if they do poorly at the start so before they even get near the water, so make a game of practicing their side-arm cast in advance of their first fishing trip so that they’ll be gratified when their preparation pays off.
Kit Them Out
Your kids need to understand the importance of having the right equipment so it’s important not only to get them the right stuff but involve them in the process. Talk them through the different rods, fishing reels, lines and bait; their virtues and shortcomings. There are many starter kits on the market that vary wildly in quality. If they’re rushing for the kit that features their favorite superhero or Disney princess, just let them know that the kit contained within is likely poorly made and disposable and that they deserve better.
For Goodness’ Sake
Make sure your kids know the value of this activity for them. So few kids these days know where their food comes from and they might even struggle to see the correlation between the fish you catch in the lake and the fish they see on the plate. Be sure to sell them on the nutritional benefits of fish and the benefit that fishing will have on their lives.