Put the reward within sight
What's the magic age?
- Pointing or picking up the rod in the garage
- Talking more about fishing when you bring it up. (not just yes no responses but genuine interest responses that lead to several questions)
- Asking about fish I've caught or my fishing stories (My son also asks me about the same story I told him about fox while hunting, he wants a gun for christmas this year...)
- Your kid can sit down and watch most of one of their favorite movies. This is a good gauge of patience in something that interests your child.
- Can your child actually use their gear? Even if it's just a cartoon themed closed reel they still need the basic of basic skills. The cast is almost optional but still it's a great idea for them to be able to cast their own rig.
Try the night fishing scene
Go where the fish are!
- Make sure the hook is small, small hooks can catch big fish but big hooks can't catch small ones.
- USE LIVE BAIT! I know you like the sporting challenge of jigging or spinning but your child needs to catch fish and the last thing you need is your kid to see you reeling in the day while they're just getting hung up on the same log with their rooster tail. The lures will come later.
- Set their bobber to an optimum depth. Put it in the bluegill zone, this is generally visible and shallow (2-5 ft.) near some overhang or structure in the water. Off the dock is a great place.
- Farm ponds: Great place to nail consistent fish.
- Take them somewhere you know will produce fish.
Enthusiasm and tips
Things of note
- Insect Repellant
- Food and drink
- Appropriate layering
- Stay away from the crowds
- Buy them their own stuff, gear that is size appropriate
- Get one on one, not with a group of buddies plus your kid. It's about them.
- Let them decide how long to fish, don't make them stay.