Family Fishing Vacation

Tips for planning a family fishing trip

Fishing is not only a means of catching dinner but also a way to slow down, enjoy nature, and improve your concentration. One of the best things about fishing is that, unlike so many sports and other activities, it can be enjoyed by just about anyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, a family fishing vacation can be the perfect getaway from the hectic pace of daily life. Fishing will give you time to talk to one another and enjoy each other's company away from the rush of crowds and the distraction of electronics or other amusements.

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If you think a family fishing trip could be your next vacation, here are a few tips for making it great.

The Art of Fishing with Kids

Let's face it: kids aren't exactly known for their patience, nor are they generally commended for their ability to sit still and be quiet, and these are all essential parts of the fishing experience. If you intend to take your children on a fishing trip, you'd better have a plan for dealing with the downtime.

The first thing you need to do is prepare your children for the experience. Ideally, a family vacation won't be your first experience fishing with children. It's best to start them off in small doses, such as a few hours on the weekend at your local pond or lake. If the vacation is going to be their introduction, make sure not to overdo it -- a couple of hours at a time is plenty. In between, provide them with exciting activities that let them move and make noise. If they know that a rousing game of tag is waiting (or better yet, if they've just finished one), they're far more likely to sit quietly without much complaint.

Of course, kids are far more likely to enjoy the experience if they are properly outfitted and equipped. Make sure to have the proper size of lifejackets and kids' fishing poles on hand, and let children do as much of the work themselves as possible. They'll get a tremendous sense of accomplishment from baiting their own hook, casting their own line, and reeling in their own catch.