Taking my son fishing for the first time

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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby Jonny » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:12 pm

Walleyes were snapping on the Wisconsin on Saturday. Great fishing the rest of the year out there FYI. Sometimes I question why I hunt after I don’t see anything when I can go catch walleyes by the hundred. Plus the nuisance muskies cats and crappies thrown in.


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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby Rich M » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:01 am

Dad has pictures of me in diapers fishing, holding fish, etc. Great time to start your son.

One comment - kids aren't as interested in fishing if the rod isn't bent over and something tugging. Shore-based fishing allows for exploring, catching frogs & crayfish, tossing rocks in, etc. Might help save a boring trip.

I took a buddy's son out for flats redfish fishing and he was bored 30 minutes into it - we caught our two fish and left. Couldn't stand the thought of being the reason the kid didn't have any fun.
My stepson did the same stuff - he likes to fish but can't go 1/2 hour without a bite... So we always planned beach/fishing trips - still do now that he's 25+/-.

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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby Engine » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:23 pm

I actually just took my daughters (3&5) fishing for the first time yesterday. They had the disney princess rods from Wally World.

I had one rigged with the "casting trainer", basically a little plastic fish with weight to it so they can cast it. So I'd cast for one with an actual hook and bait while the other was basically playing with the rod (probably scaring the fish away in hindsight). Lasted for 45 minutes with some hits but no success fish wise.

Next time I'll try getting the hook hiding bobbers and see how that works.

Hope everything works out with your 18 month old!
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby hunter_mike » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:39 pm

We went fishing sunday. Took the advice on here and decided to leave the canoe at home. Also got minnows and put them in a 5 gallon bucket and that was a great tip he loved that.

Right away he wanted to be near the water. He soaked his feet and that surprised him when he felt the cold water. Then we played around casting a couple lines out an finally about 10 minutes in he fell face first into the lake and got soaked :lol: I was right next to him and pulled him upright in an instant but he was just crying and upset so we quick packed up and got him in dry clothes and left.

I would say it turned out about as good as I expected and was a success :lol:
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby stash59 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:41 pm

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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby PK_ » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:50 pm

Lockdown wrote:When you pick up worms, buy a few minnows and put them in a minnow bucket and let him play. That will occupy him for a long time. Then try and hook a sunnie and let him reel it in. Bring a 5 gallon bucket so you can put your fish in there with some water. They get more enjoyment out of stuff like that than actually catching them.

I had both my kids out there at very young ages too. They don’t last very long in the boat, so have a back up plan. Throw rocks off the dock, etc.

Yupp. I beach fish with my kids (2,4,6) they have more fun using the thingy to catch sandfleas and filling my bait bucket up with sand and sea weed. Oh and they love standing right behind me when I get ready to cast. My older son decided his favorite fish is a catfish so he usually isn’t hard to please... :lol:

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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby fishlips » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:54 pm

sounds like a good start
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby Lockdown » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:38 pm

hunter_mike wrote:We went fishing sunday. Took the advice on here and decided to leave the canoe at home. Also got minnows and put them in a 5 gallon bucket and that was a great tip he loved that.

Right away he wanted to be near the water. He soaked his feet and that surprised him when he felt the cold water. Then we played around casting a couple lines out an finally about 10 minutes in he fell face first into the lake and got soaked :lol: I was right next to him and pulled him upright in an instant but he was just crying and upset so we quick packed up and got him in dry clothes and left.

I would say it turned out about as good as I expected and was a success :lol:


That sounds about right :lol: it’s a challenge when they’re that little
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby treeroot » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:41 am

I've been taking mine fishing since they could hold poles. We usually hit farm ponds. In the beginning they would go for 10-30 minutes. Now at 4 and 6 I usually have to pull them away after two hours of baking in the sun. When they were real young I would throw their life jackets on them and turn them loose on the frogs. My youngest is a frog catching machine, I've seen him take right off into the cattails diving after them.
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby Buckshot20 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:56 am

I am a bonafied fishing guide. Not the kind that gets paid, but I bait hooks and tend to lines all day when I take my kids. It’s totally worth it though.
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Re: Taking my son fishing for the first time

Unread postby hunter_mike » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:35 pm

8-)
I've got some work to do!!

We took my son out for a kayak ride Saturday, decided not to overcomplicate things by adding fishing to it. He was really calm and I think he loved his ride. Was about ten minutes on the water. It helped there was no wind
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