For the family the water is an excellent place to teach and learn. However, the key to gaining the benefits of fishing with the family is to prepare before you even head to the water. Take the time to teach your child the basics of casting, reeling, troubleshooting and about fish in the backyard before actually heading out to the water.
The backyard preparation should begin at least a week before you actually go fishing. Just remember it isn’t all about learning, it is also a way to help increase the child’s interest and excitement in the fishing experience.
Next you want to teach your child how to properly use fishing equipment. Ideally you should buy the proper equipment for the age of the child as well as the species of fish you are planning on catching. It is best to teach your child the four basic casting methods including fliping, sidearm, overhead and backhand.
After the child has had enough practice casting you can start to teach them about troubleshooting reels, tangles and other malfunctions. Some children may even learn how to handle these on their own after enough casting practice. It is best your child learns how to troubleshoot on...