Boys Fishing


A great first outing for Thomas, Christina and their children. The trout were caught on a special Power-Bait that is listed below. The small travel yellow telescoping rod and reel combination in the middle cost about $20 dollars. It turned out to be the lucky pole and worked amazingly well for the kids.

Making the first experience fun and easy will keep you longing for more. I hope these tips bring you lots of success. Through God’s grace I have been given the opportunity to teach the joys of fishing and the outdoors to children and families for over 40 years. I’ve found spending a little time thinking about what you want to achieve is important, as making a trip only about fishing without thought and planning will likely not give you the results you are hoping for. Here are some tips to consider:

Everyone is different. It may or may not take time for a person to be comfortable with touching or holding fish. Showing them photos or videos of others catching and holding fish before going fishing will create interest. Pressure removes joy, so have fun and be patient. Both of these boys were scared at first to touch the fish and were happy to hold the fish without being asked before long. Kids learn from watching, so make sure they are around people who enjoy fishing.

1. FIND EASY SPOTS TO FISH – Go to a place where fish can be caught easily. If the trip is only about fishing, it will be important to have some sort of success with your trip. Here are some places to try:

STOCKED PONDS OR LAKES – Small lakes or ponds that are stocked regularly. The best time to go is within a few days of the fish being released. Some lakes host events for introducing kids and families to fishing. Look around for one close to you.

Park Ranger netting the fish for the children. These events are a great place to start your fishing experience. The volunteers often show you how to handle and clean the fish, and can be a great resource for finding fishing locations.

“Spincast” rod and reel combinations such as the one being used in the photo above are the best choice for children. They can be purchased for less than $20 dollars. I usually teach them how to cast on a lawn using paper plates as targets. It is best to use practice baits or plugs with no hook such as the one below.

Fishing is not just about catching. It’s about having fun, so don’t wait until you are on the water. Start your fishing experience at home with fun activities, such as casting competitions to see who can hit the most plates with their lure. It’s a fun way to learn without complications and pressure.

The Red / Chartreuse Mice Tails work great for Trout. The packets usually come with 12-13 of them

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These Awesome Starter Kits come in Different Colors

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This Under $25.00 Starter Kit for Kids can make a great gift

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These awesome trout were caught at a special event for children at Lake Casitas in California. It was an awesome event and experience for families! This experience was great for getting the kids hooked on fishing. It’s so awesome , as they often prefer fishing and the outdoors over electronics or TV.

These hookless casting plugs can be a game changer. Having the kids learn how to cast before going out will make the experience much easier and more fun for both kids and parents.

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Volunteering for these events can be a great place to learn, to pick up tips on area fishing, and to meet others who enjoy fishing and the outdoors.

PONDS OR LAKES THAT ARE KNOWN TO HAVE GOOD FISHING – There are usually known spots to fish on every body of water. Take time to research locations before going. A great place to check is with the rangers office, or with a local fishing and tackle or bait store.

ASK QUESTIONS: Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice. Most fisherman are happy to share tips, especially when children are involved. Lots can be learned by asking questions at local fishing store, or by speaking to others fishing in the area.

Bamboo poles work really well from docks and where the shore drops off or deepens within a distance that is not greater than 1 1/2 times the pole length. If the pole is 10 feet long, you will want to have deeper water within 15 feet of the spot where you are standing, which can be in the water . They are inexpensive, uncomplicated, and great for first time fishing


This Bamboo Pole priced under $15 comes complete with Hook, Line, and Sinker

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This Telescopic Tenkara Fishing Rod is under $30 and easy to pack in our suitcase

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This $25. pole has been really lucky for me with the kids. It is easy to use and packs in a carry-on

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DOCKS OR PIERS – Docks and Piers create structure and shade for fish to live. They can provide easier access to different depths of water, where it is easy to fish with a bobber.

We love to take our grandchildren fishing. They are all hooked and ask to go often. Most can now remove the hooks. They enjoy cleaning and cooking the fish as well

INLETS AND DAMS: Fish often position themselves in areas where food flows easily to them. They usually rest out of the current behind rocks, logs, and other structure, waiting for food to come into sight. Try fishing in areas close to current, letting the bait settle into areas of less current behind structure or into deeper.

2. If you are going to a place where it may be more difficult to fish, involve other fun activities to assure you have achieved some sort of success from the trip.

Whether it be fishing, camping, visiting the beach, surfing, or just a walk in the woods, enjoying nature with your children is so important. I hope this article has given you enough information to get off to a good start, and that “Let’s Go Fishing” will become a popular phrase for your children.

Please write us or comment on our articles, and share your success stories. We would love to hear about your experiences and share them is applicable.


J.K. Mondol / Go Fishing Magazine

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