Fishing with Kids—Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Day on the Water

Now that the kids are almost off for the summer, you’re going to need to find some way to occupy them. Sure, there are a bunch of great shows and movies for them to watch and video games for them to play, but why not take them out on the water for a fun fishing trip! You can teach them the ways of casting and reeling in their catch and then even have them help you cook a fresh dinner. What a great way to bond with your kids!

Before the fun begins, let’s go over a few safety guidelines for you and the kids so that everyone can come out dry and happy…unless you choose to get wet.

The first thing you’ll want to make sure you have is a first aid kit. You can make your own but we recommend getting a certified marine kit available at our Parts and Accessories Departments.

Next, and arguably the most important safety measure you can take involves flotation devices. It is vital that children have properly fitting US Coast Guard approved life jackets. Really, everyone should wear a life vest (even if you are Michael Phelps), they can save a life! Of course we have a nice selection of life vests in-stock at our Parts and Accessories Departments.

Even if it is a cloudy day, you should apply sunscreen to the kids. And to yourself. No one wants to look like a lobster or feel like they are burning to a crisp. Sunscreen is also another thing you can add to your first aid kit so you have it available when you get on the boat and realize your sunscreen is on the kitchen table awaiting your return. In a similar vein, get your kids a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun and any errant fishhooks flying through the air.

Before the fishing fun begins it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations and zones for fishing. We don’t want you to get in trouble after just taking our suggestion to get the kids out on the water! Check out the fishing guides here.

Another fun way to get your kids involved is to teach them about the different kinds of fish you will be trying to catch. This can be fun and can also help you make sure you aren’t keeping any fish the state wants you to release.

I am by no means an expert on children or fishing, but I hope this gave you some tips and tricks to having a successful, fun, and safe fishing excursion. Click here for more Safety Tips for Boating with Children.

Happy fishing!