Remember takin a kid fishing is going to be one of the most memorable things they will ever do. Especially for the ones that never get to do it. Ridding in a boat or fishing from the bank its awsume.
The most important thing to remember and remind them is not to make this a competition. You can teach a kid the basics of how to fish in a day. If they like it and wanna go back anybody can learn to compete with enough time on the water! This AINT the most important lesson. Its not why you take em fishing. And if it is..... Congrats you've just learned your teaching your child to be just as materialistic and selfish as yourself!
Its your duty to teach em to preserve and enjoy what its all about. Its your duty to teach that kid its not about loading the boat down with flopping scaly creatures. Its not about catching the biggest. Dont load em in a Big ole shinny bass boat and drive 100 mph, showem your flashy $300 dollar set up and emphasize on how good you are for having it.
In my local water I can catch just as many fish with a safty pin, striped down haybale twine and a pc of bamboo from a canebrake behind the house. Ive spent more time on the in my local water than anybody I know in the past 2 years than anybody around here. 3 to 5 days a week. ( I learn a dozen new things everytime I go) Instead Slow down and let them soak it up like a sponge! Theres a ton of animals, Birds, Frogs, Gators, Bugs, Flowers, Trees, You name it....Its endless what you can show them so they learn that just being out there is what its all about. Teaching this will ensure a love for not only fishing but a sense of self and a responsibility that one day they may pass on.
Maybe this blog was just wrote because Im tired of watching what I seen today. A few guys with there $100,000 dollar rigs at the dock and a poor kid lookin miserable like he wanted to go home in the first 5 min his dad had him out there. This guy was showin off his fish to some buddys and rubbin it in that the kid didnt catch anything, That he had to do all the work but at the same time fussin at the youngen cause he missed a spot while wippin the boat down after they came out of the water. Tellin him "you cant even wipe the damn boat down rite, How you expect to catch a fish, Get in the truck!"
I bout came unglued! I bit my tounge and rolled on! As I drove by the truck the kid was climbing in and I asked him did he have a good time, He just smirked and shrugged his shoulders. I told him next time take a bucket of crickets and you shoulda seen the smile when he said " Thats when I go with grandpaw!" I knew then at least somebody was teachin instead of showin off in front of him.
Never in a hurry, just glad to be there
Take a kid fishing