Many education experts agree that age 10 is a good time to introduce a child to fishing, and that kids as young as five can pick up the sport—and benefit from it—with a little guidance.
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Tip #1: Start the fishing lesson at home, even days prior to the trip, by visiting the library to get books on fishing or by going to a local bait and tackle shop with the child, allowing the youngster to be a part of the entire process of selecting tackle and asking around about a good place to go fishing.
Tip #2: Practice casting, knot tying, and bobber-setting at home or at the local park, where errant casts can’t catch in overhead trees or stream-side brush and knots and bobbers can be figured out without the hurried anticipation of catching fish.
Tip #3: Keep the child’s fishing equipment simple. A bamboo cane pole is a great first fishing rod, especially for younger anglers. Simple spin-casting tackle, such as the special youth models now offered by several tackle manufacturers, are good choices. Allow the child to have his or her own tackle box to store hooks, bobbers, and sinkers.