• Don't make your child's first fishing experience your first one as well--Your kids are going to look to you for answers. It is always helpful to have a few answers ready. Sneak out by yourself to practice casting, tying knots and baiting a hook.
• Go to a place where you know there are fish--Nothing kills interest in fishing like spending an afternoon without getting a nibble. Find a stocked lake or pond and ask at local bait shops for good places to take kids. Landing a few panfish will earn you a fishing buddy for life.
• Don't raise expectations too high--Fishing is unpredictable at best, infuriating at worst. There is a fine line between getting the kids excited to go fishing and filling their heads with visions of reeling in a prize-winning bass. This is a tough one. Good luck.
• Know what to do if you actually catch one--Landing a fish can be tricky, and unhooking one can be a nightmare. Using hooks that are too small and easily swallowed is a common mistake. Hopefully you will have snuck out and caught a few, as per tip #1, so you have a feel for it. If not, watch a few videos online, keep a pair of pliers handy, and stay calm. You can do it. Also, take the time to learn the correct way to release a fish back into the water so it can live to fight another day.
• Keep it simple--Flashy lures that swivel, pop and rattle are cool, but it is hard to beat a worm and a bobber for pure fishing fun. There is something about watching a bobber twitch, dip and finally go under that never gets old. Definitely give lures a try, but always have some worms on standby.
Remember above all to have fun and enjoy your time together. Best fishes!
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