FishTales Kids Fishing Log Book
excited to introduce our new FishTales "Kids Edition" Fishing Log. With
simplified entries it's easy for kids to note who they fished with, when & where
they fished, and what they caught. Besides recording memories to help them
relive the trip, the details they log about the weather, tide, moon, and water
conditions will help sharpen their observation skills. Reviewing past log
entries encourages critical thinking as they reflect on past details, make
observations and predict outcomes... scientific method in practical
application! In back, a few fishing terms are reviewed that could lead to a
teachable moment on the water. In front, an "autograph page" perfect for
collecting signatures from the folks who take them fishing, and in turn become
part of their fishing story.
The lined space can be used for written journal notes,
or is a perfect space to paste a photo memory of their fishing trip.
TIPS FOR FISHING WITH KIDS
If your goal is to provide your child an appreciation for nature, an enjoyable
fishing experience, and memories that last a lifetime, there are a few simple
steps you can take to ensure your success.
1. Think Age Appropriate: You know your child and what they are and aren't
capable of. Asking an energized 5 year old to sit in a boat, or on a shoreline,
with a pole in his hand for three hours would certainly fall into the category
of "off to a bad start". If the fish aren't biting, take a break. Let the kids
wade in the water or look for critters, take a family hike or pass out snacks;
they could catch minnows, skip stones, or play with the bait. The purpose of the
trip is to have fun, so when they've had enough, be ready to call it a day.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan: Bring plenty of snacks and drinks - pack a picnic lunch -
nothing stays off boredom like food. Give each child a disposable camera and let
them snap away to their hearts content. A kid sized net and bucket are fun too.
Don't forget to bring hats, sunscreen and insect repellant. Include a change of
clothes, dry socks, and jackets; if you're going by boat the ride in-and-out can
get chilly and a cold kid is an unhappy kid.
3. Keep It Simple: You don't need a boat or expensive equipment to take a child
fishing. A pole, some line, a tiny weight, and a hook and bobber are all you
need. For bait use something like live shrimp, minnows, or worms. Fishing with a
bobber is not only simple; it's exciting and likely to hold anyone's attention.
Who doesn't feel their heart beat a little faster watching a bobber go under!
4. Stock Up On Patience: You wonder how anyone could possibly lose their cool
when taking their child fishing. What's the worst that could happen?
Well...suppose your favorite pole snaps in two or disappears into the drink, maybe
your overzealous child gets soaked while horsing on the dock, or...heaven
forbid...someone gets hooked. By smashing the barb at the end of the hook with a
pair of pliers it will be much easier (and less painful) to remove. Remember,
the finger you remove it from may be yours!
5. Better Safe - Than Sorry: Before the first line touches the water help your
child understand the safety rules and why they're so important. If going by
boat, explain why life jackets are necessary. Now is also a good time to discuss
sea life and why we don't throw bits of fishing line into the water. If someone
forgets or makes a mistake use the experience to teach them how to do it
properly. Your calm reaction and response throughout the day will make you a
hero! The lasting impression of their fishing trip will have more to do with
your enthusiasm and patience, than the number of fish they catch.
6. Celebrate: Anything on the end of their line - short of a shoe - is a big HOOAH! Be sure to snap a photo of your child with their catch before releasing
it. If you decide to keep the fish it's a good time to teach them about
conservation and our responsibility to bring home only what we intend to eat.
Explain that when we release a fish it can grow-up, have babies, and be around
for someone else to catch another day.
A wonderful opportunity exists for one-on-one quality time while fishing.
There's a great connection between he-who-holds-the-pole and he-who-helps!
Don’t rely on your memory.
Write it down!
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