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Teach Your Child How to Fish

October 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 329

They say you can feed a man for a day if you give him a fish, but you can feed a man for a lifetime if you teach him how to fish. Since the beginning of mankind, fishing has been a useful craft that keeps people fed. Whether you fish for sport or for fish, taking your child on a fishing trip can be the ultimate bonding experience. Not only will you have plenty of time to chat, but your child will also be gaining a valuable skill as well as hobby. But first things first, you'll need to get all the gear ready. Fishing usually goes hand in hand with camping, so be sure to pack a reliable family-sized tent, such as one of the many Coleman tents, sleeping bag, fishing rod, fishing line and fish bait. There are so many different ways to fish, so be sure to bring all the necessary accessories. It may be hours or days before your child makes their first catch, but the experience is far more meaningful than that. To make things easier, plan to camp in a campground that is known to have fish-rich waters. For young children, always purchase spin-caster gear to make the required actions of a catch easier for their level of motor skills. Find a rod that's no more than 5 feet long and pair it with a basic flip-bale spinning reel.  When in doubt, just go with a reliable and affordable combination outfit. You could even splurge on one decorated with your child's favorite cartoon characters. You can find a good combo outfit including the rod and reel for just under $30. Be sure to show your child how to use the equipment and practice assembling and using each piece prior to embarking on your bonding trip.  Once you arrive to your campsite, look for a river with slow waters. That will be the easiest place to find pan fish. Pan fish include bluegill, crappie, sunfish, pumpkinseeds and more. These fish can be easily caught using a simple jig and bobber. After your child masters this simple skill, move on to a more advanced method of fishing: fly fishing. Not only is fly fishing a fun hobby for many people but it also supports the future of the fishing industry as well as the sport. And kids who stay connected to the great outdoors suffer less stress and live healthier lives.  Fly fishing requires different equipment but there are also combos available for purchase. The Minnow is appropriate for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and the Crosswater is suited for children 12 and older. It's important to look around for the right equipment because that is essential to catching fish. You want to get your child a rod that is just the right length and width so they are able to cast it with ease. Before you know it, they'll be the ones feeding you.

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