Spending quality father-child time is important to have consistently throughout your life; after all, it's when a lot of life lessons can be taught and learned, and when bonds can be strengthened.
Going fishing with your child will provide a memorable and long-lasting experience that they will lovingly lock back on. To make sure the two of you have a great time while avoiding minor hiccups, be a prepared father by following the instructions below.
Communicate with Your Child
Check in with your child and make sure he or she is on board for the adventure. If they're less than enthusiastic, think of ways that may make the outing more enticing; after all, you want your child to go into it with an open mind and have a great time.
Bring out some of your fishing equipment from your closet or shed and explain how it will all be used beforehand so that your child isn't too taken aback by the wiggly worms and sharp hooks. You may also want to ask your child if he or she has any questions that you can answer before embarking on the fishing trip, so that more of your excursion is spent on having a good time.
Pick a Location
Make sure to pick an area that will serve as a comfortable spot for your fishing trip. Look for places that have large open beaches, where you will have plenty of room to set up a nice camp. Most reservoirs and state parks are a nice choice, because they're equipped with bathrooms, covered seating areas and benches.
If you're looking to get out and experience more wilderness, choose a location that will require minimal effort to get in unless your kid is a seasoned hiker. Fishing requires quite a bit of equipment if you plan to make a day out of it. Be careful, and watch for cars if your fishing hole is a roadside secret.
Try to schedule some time to pack for your fishing trip well in advance to avoid missing any much-needed items. In addition to tackle and bait, you will also want to bring along snacks, a change of clothes and some other activities in case the fish aren’t biting that day. Being prepared for unexpected weather would be wise.
Have your kid pack a pair of rain boots and a rain jacket so that he stays warm and dry, but still keeps fishing to his heart’s content. Don't forget to bring your fishing licenses along. Lastly, make sure to pack the family camera so that you don’t miss a single, precious moment.
Know that Safety Comes First
To make sure you make it there safely, give your car a good tuneup and check the tires. Now may be the time to splurge on a new set of tires if you notice any worn tread. Additionally, pack a first-aid kit just in case, as accidents happen when we least expect them.
Show your child how to properly bait a fish and use a fishing knife to avoid injury. Be sure to pack along a life vest if you're fishing off the boat; after all, if it's nice outside, your child may want to get in the water after a long day of fishing.