With the proper planning and considerations, fishing with kids can be a very rewarding experience. Children often react with wonder and amazement with each new technique or species caught.
4 Tips: Successful Fishing Trip With Kids
Here are some tips on how to make your family fishing day a success.
Plan out the details of the trip prior to setting off from the dock. Ideally, you want to visit areas that you have scouted and are known to have plenty of hungry fish, no matter the size. Have a handful of spots that are easy to fish picked for the day.
Choose spots that do not require precision or long casts such as:
- Active Grass Flats
- Rock Piles
Have all your gear rigged and ready to go and use lures that are as safe as possible, avoiding treble hooks. When you are preparing to set off, share the plan for the day with them, so they know what to expect.
2. Maximize The Action
Kids will be most entertained by maximizing action throughout the trip. Choose lures and techniques that allow them to keep casting and retrieving.
A couple of good options include using soft plastic swimbaits rigged weedless, weedless spoons, or small popping corks they can see splashing in the water.
In some circumstances, using live bait can increase the action as well. If the fishing is slow in one area, change things up quicker than you might normally.
Provide a lot of variability throughout the day and include other activities like a stop at a secluded beach to have lunch or swim.
3. Comfort & Safety
Bring plenty of comfort and safety Items to make the trip enjoyable. Every parent knows snacks and drinks are a must for kids.
Also make sure to have appropriate clothing for changing conditions, with layers that can be added or removed. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, hats, sunglasses.
In Florida, children under seven must wear a life jacket while the boat is moving, if possible use one that fits well and is comfortable and easy to move around in.
Children are curious and enjoy asking questions or having details explained to them. At every step of the way, talk about what you are doing, why you are using certain lures or baits, and demonstrate how and why to use the gear and lures.
When they catch a fish, take some time to explain all the parts of the fish, such as spines, fins, mouths, and color patterns.
It is also a good idea to demonstrate the importance of conservation by allowing them to help revive and release fish.
Bonus: Hiring Help
Springtime in the St. Petersburg area often has the perfect conditions for family fishing trips, great weather, and actively feeding fish.
If you want a guide to help make your family fishing trip a success, consider reaching out to Captain Kevin.
He has years of experience teaching clients and his own kids about fishing in the St. Petersburg area that will ensure your family has a fun and entertaining time on the water.