Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
nateobot

What age to start kids

Recommended Posts

My son is going to turn 3 in about a month.  He has shown an interest in fishing, and I do want to encourage anything he shows interest in.  Do you think he is old enough?  How do I get him started, just hook on a worm and bobber and drop it off the dock?  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes get him started.  A worm and a bobber from shore is the way to go, although a short trip on a boat will be a blast for him.  Just be patient, cast for him and focus on just him.  I have four boys, and they all started young.  When I take them out we fish from shore, and it is all about them.  I rarely bring my rods.  My wife and I focus on them having a good time.  Also, once he even seems to not be having fun, call it a day.  You don't want him to get bored and not like fishing.  We have gone fishing for less than an hour before.  Keep it simple, and keep it fun, lots of snacks, and oh yeah have fun  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my dad started me when i was 3...he gave me a little zebco push button reel and a bobber. I would catch little bluegill either off the pier or from his boat and now im 16 and love to bass fish..Good luck with your son :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son is 4 and he caught his first bass yesterday.  I described the trip in another part of the forum.  He has been going with me since he was 2.  At first, he would just go sit in the boat and play with toys while I fished.  Then, I got him a little Sponge Bob rod and reel set from Wal-Mart and I would practice casting with him, and letting him reel it in.  Then, last year I started taking him bream fishing.  He can catch bream just as well as anybody now.  I progressed him up to a real Zebco reel, and 3 foot rod.  Now, I let him cast real baits.  Usually T-rigged plastics with heavy sinkers, so he can throw it further.  Also, I let him reel in bass for me a lot of times.  He loves to fish, and begs me to go practically every day as soon as I get home from work.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would also like to add, that I agree it's good to take days and focus totally on the kid, but at the same time, it's also okay to just fish, and let him learn from his mistakes.  If you fix every tangle, or cast for him every time, he isn't going to learn for himself.  Teach him to be patient and keep his line tight.  From there, he'll be learning just like the rest of us, one trip at a time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son Jonah is 1 year and 10 months old. He can't cast or fish with me yet but i still bought him a little push button rod. I tied a crankbait to the end (with the hooks removed) and he carries it with him all the time. When I go fishing from shore he comes along and pretends to cast and slaps the water with it.

It' really funny because he will point to my fishing rods on the wall and say "dad fish", point to his rod and say "Jo fish" then point to his mom and say "mom no fish".  ;D

There never to young to get interested in fishing even if they aren't ready spend the day in the boat with you yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

LOL wagn

Thanks guys.  Grampa already has a pole for him, I think it is a Thomas the Train one or something like that. :)  We are going to see them this weekend so everyday he says "Go to grampa's on Friday and go fishing?"  

He has gotten rides in Grampa's boat many times already and he loves it, he even got to "drive" once.  In his mind the boat cannot go fast enough though.  We'll see how this weekend goes.  Hopefully we can find him a sunny or bluegill to crank in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my son just turned 3 on the 11th i took him ice fishing this last winter and had a blast. I would set the hook and give him the rod and he would take off running, the sunnies would come flying out of the hole. this summer I am thinking of a cane pole that way we don't have to mess with a reel. most of those cheap spiderman reels suck so bad I can hardly use them. why mess with tangles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

on a funny note, I was at cabelas with him looking at rods, when I grab a rod I will put the tip on the floor to kind of get a feel for it, I was looking for an ugly stick for him when i gave him one he looked at it and put the tip on the floor like he knew what he was doing got a good laugh out of the salesman behind the counter. funny what they will pick up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He is definitely ready. All you need to do is:

1) Get him the scooby, spiderman, superman, sponge bob pole of his choice and a life vest that fits.

2) Give him 100% of your attention (in other words, if you can help it, don't fish yourself) You will probably be spending more time untangling knots and rebaiting if you know what I mean. But more improtantly, 100% of your attention, because it won't take even a second while you're "workin'" your bait he could fall in unnoticed.

3) Have no expectations and keep in mind that if his attention span for fishing is only 10-15 minutes, he's already doing better than many other kids.

4) Have lots of food and drinks. It helps keep the keep their attention.

5) Don't be too much of a teacher. He doesn't need to have superb casting mechanics to have a great time. They learn quickly and are quite able to learn quickly on their own.

Congrats and don't forget to enjoy and cherish every minute of his experiences. It is the only experience I'd rather have (watching my kids fish or have them fish with me and outfish me) that I can enjoy if I can't fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree that it is never to early to take your child fishing. We actually just took my daughter for the 1st time last weekend. She is almost 2. We got her a little Dora the Explorer rod, and I taught her how to reel it in the back yard (it came with little plastic fish to practice with).

We have neighbor with a pond that is just loaded with blue gill. She can't cast yet, but she was able to reel in a few. She had a blast. She kept telling me Daddy get green fish. She knows bass are green. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

4) Have lots of food and drinks. It helps keep the keep their attention.

Great point.  Having enough food and drinks is essential.  Trust me, the last thing you want on your boat is a hungry child....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Couple things you could do.  I have started by just trying to get him to learn how to cast and reel.  He really doesn't understand the whole watch the bobber and catch a fish thing so I just let him play with his spincast rig.  If I catch a fish, I let him throw it back.  He is also 3, but has a physical handicap so my situation may be a little different.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Islandbass is wise, all 5 points are spot on.

I found it helpful to bring a rod and reel with a lure attached that I removed the hooks from. My son loves casting it over and over again into the lake with no danger of him hooking himself, me or others. I have another rod set up with a live bait rig in a rod holder on shore nearby. When a fish bites on that rig I let him reel them in.

This year he has been holding that rod waiting for a bite. He is developing patience, as much as he can at his age (5 and a half)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great advice from everyone.  I will concur.  When you start them out, it's all about them, leave your rod at home and be there for help when needed.  

One other thing that's cool, is if the fishing gets slow, take them around the shoreline, show 'em a crawdad, water bugs, dragonflies and stuff like that.  My son always seems to come home with some type of souvenir from the lake.  

Food & drinks a must.  

Enjoy and take some pics for memories.  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agree with most of what has been posted on this subject. As Islandbass stated; make it a fun. I will add make it a short day and successful outing.

The best first day is usually a pond with bluegill (bream) and bobber fishing. It's your time with your son or daughter, be attentive.

I decided to make a rod out of a fly rod top section, about 40" long, added a cork handle, mounted a small trigger spin, Zebco Omega reel. My son started about 3 years old and used that rod & reel outfit until about 6 years and caught a lot of fish with that outfit.

When he went with me in the boat, took along a few toys. I added a rod holder for him to put his rod in when playing or just tired of fishing.

The best rig by far for bass with my son and other kids was the slip shot rig and 3" reaper or 4 1/2" curl tail finesse worm. I would rig a 1/8 oz mojo weight, stopper about 12" up from the hook and light wire size 1 worm hook. We had a lot of good days on the water catching bass with that rig, even while he was playing with toys and the rod in holder. "Dad, gotta another fish"! After about 6 years old they want to have a rod & reel like yours, then it's time to set them up with a spinning rod/reel and progress to a bait caster about 8 to 10 years old.

Take the time to enjoy these moments, they will last you a life time.

WRB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

from what i was told by my father, i caught my first fish at the age of four.......a bullhead.....

so start now for sure....

i feel catfish are a good way to go as well.....bait it up for'em, and toss it out....

all you have to do is wait for the bite, help'em set the hook, and watch'em reel it in!!!! ;D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
He is definitely ready. All you need to do is:

1) Get him the scooby, spiderman, superman, sponge bob pole of his choice and a life vest that fits.

2) Give him 100% of your attention (in other words, if you can help it, don't fish yourself) You will probably be spending more time untangling knots and rebaiting if you know what I mean. But more improtantly, 100% of your attention, because it won't take even a second while you're "workin'" your bait he could fall in unnoticed.

3) Have no expectations and keep in mind that if his attention span for fishing is only 10-15 minutes, he's already doing better than many other kids.

4) Have lots of food and drinks. It helps keep the keep their attention.

5) Don't be too much of a teacher. He doesn't need to have superb casting mechanics to have a great time. They learn quickly and are quite able to learn quickly on their own.

Congrats and don't forget to enjoy and cherish every minute of his experiences. It is the only experience I'd rather have (watching my kids fish or have them fish with me and outfish me) that I can enjoy if I can't fish.

Some AWESOME advice above

To add to #3, have other things with you for when his/her attention is waning.   Stuff to play catch, soccer ball, kite,butterfly and/or minnow net, whatever.  You can always come back to fishing again later or it may be satisfying in itself as a short session.  A field guide book is a great tool for exploring the shoreline also.  Plants, bugs, critters, start turning over rocks,....now he/she also knows how to find their own bait too.

(in bold above)  Letting him actually pick his gear begins the connection to the sport/hobby/activity.  Makes it personal to him/her

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

haha i remember when my dad took me fishing when i was just 2 years old.  I remember spending all night catching 5 pound striped bass and setting up the underwater light to watch the baitfish school around.  it was those nights that made me crazy for fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
haha i remember when my dad took me fishing when i was just 2 years old. I remember spending all night catching 5 pound striped bass and setting up the underwater light to watch the baitfish school around. it was those nights that made me crazy for fishing.

and evidently created some pretty special memories of you and your dad spending quality time together  ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As soon as they show interest in it(and can hold a rod). I am in the process of teaching my 3 1/2 yr old daughter how to pitch a lure. Believe it or not she is getting pretty good with a princess pole and a trick worm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i say go for it, if your child doesnt enjoy it then you can always wait until they get older or try to make it funner, but if they do enjoy it theyll prob be hooked for life.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tried the spiderman pole routine with my 3yr old grandson and it was junk. I got him a Zebco 202 with a 5 foot rod and let him practice casting in my backyard. He would spend hours every day just doing that.

Now that the weather is nice and he is on the water he is able to routinely cast 20-30 feet and catch some nice bluegill with a bobber and worms. I have not been able to get him to grasp the whole "jerk the line" concept but he always yells that "the little red ball went away" and then I tell him to reel in and he most times has a catch.

Good times, and he has kept at it for a long as 2 hours at a time. I can't wait till my grandaughter can hold a pole.

Oh, I agree with not always running to their aid when they have a small tangle or problem. I have been very impressed with how well he works many of those out himself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wish me luck, we are heading out to grampa's house for some fishing action.  My son made me call grampa to confirm that we were indeed going to go fishing on Friday.  Should be a blast and thanks for all the tips. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing forum

    fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing poles

    fishing

    fishing reels

    fishing

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×
×
  • Create New...