fishing with kids

Why to Go Fishing with Kids and What You Need For a Successful Trip

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Are you wanting to go fishing with kids but not sure what you need? I’ve been fishing for decades and this is what I use for my kids and myself.


Why to Go Fishing with Kids

I have such fond memories of fishing with my dad when I was a child. I hope my children have these nice memories with me as well.

My dad not only taught me how to fish but also how to bait my own hook and take off the fish I caught. I was one of the few girls I knew who would touch worms and fish. Haha! I also would typically kiss the first fish I caught each season, one of the pictures shown below when I was little. That’s my dad holding the fish.

This also was handy as I grew up and would fish it on my own so needed to do it all without my dad. It also came in handy when I dated a guy after high school who was rather redneck, as he called himself, yet wouldn’t touch fish. Lol I helped him fish since he did enjoy it but just not actually touching the fish.

Three pictures of me when I was little and fishing, including a picture with my dad where I was kissing a fish!

Fishing Tips for Kids

Try to think back to when you first started fishing and what someone taught you. Things like always keeping your hands on the pole, don’t drop it in the water unless it’s either you or the pole going in, accept help from the person teaching you, don’t hook yourself or others, watch the bobber, etc. All the basic stuff that kids don’t know until you tell them outright.

If you’re on a boat it’d be helpful to tie their poles to the boat or if on a dock tie it to the dock. I remember my dad tying mine to the boat when I was little.

Teach kids how to let some line out, turn the reel a bit until the line clicks/locks, being quiet and patient while you wait, and how to set the hook once you get a nibble. Also, teach them how to reel the fish in!

For the sake of the fish, it’s also nice to teach the kids not to swing the fish around once they get it out of the water. Ha!


Fishing Supplies

Having quality fishing supplies can help make fishing more enjoyable instead of frustrating. I’ll start off with some fishing supplies I got for our kids that they love.


Kids Retractable Fishing Rods Kit

I was looking for fishing rods for our twins and came across these. Considering single rods and reels were $20+ at our local store, I feel this kit is a great deal. Even better than what I’ve found in the store before, these are retractable and come with other supplies and in a case!

My twins are quite young so my husband and I were helping them the whole time they were fishing and we both agreed that these fishing poles are durable enough the kids will be able to use them for years and we’d even use them ourselves!

This kit includes two telescopic fishing rods with spin-cast reels, fishing line, 2 fishing nets, 1 travel bag, 2 collapsible buckets, 1 fishing tackle box with jig heads, bobbers, swivels, beads, rope, hooks, soft lures and hard lures.

Though both of my twins are boys one of them likes pink so this worked out well! They also have kits with a single fishing pole that come in blue, pink, or green.

WIDDEN Kids Fishing Pole, Portable Telescopic Kids Fishing Poles for Boys and Girls, Fishing Rod and Reel Combo Kit with Tackle Box, and Fishing Net, Best Fishing Pole for Toddler Youth
WIDDEN Kids Fishing Pole, Portable Telescopic Kids Fishing Poles for Boys and Girls, Fishing Rod and Reel Combo Kit with Tackle Box, and Fishing Net, Best Fishing Pole for Toddler Youth
by WIDDEN
  • A New Upgrade Fishing Kit - Telescopic fishing rod, spin-cast reel, fishing line, fishing net, small buckets, and shovel. There is also a double-layer accessory box that can hold more bait and tools, and free jig heads, bobbers, swivels, beads, rope, hooks, soft lures, hard lures to meet all your needs
  • Collapsible For Easy Carry - 4 eyes (1.5M 5Ft) design of the kids fishing pole allows for short-distance throwing. The WIDDEN fishing pole is suitable for children to use, light to fold, and the storage bag can accommodate fishing rods and all accessories
  • The best gift for children- WIDDEN kids fishing rod is suitable for children aged 4, 5, 6, 8, and even older. Of course, it is also equipped with bait to attract large fish. Parents can also experience the fun of fishing while accompanying their children
  • Stable Epoxy Construction - The stable epoxy resin structure of the kids fishing pole, combined with soft EVA and plastic, are strong and durable in use; the spin-cast reel adopts an electroplating process instead of ordinary paint, which is odorless and more fashionable
  • High-quality materials- The guide eye of the kids fishing pole is made of stainless steel instead of ordinary iron wire, which is not easy to rust or break; the fishing rod is made of four-layer fiberglass cloth, which is stronger and not easy to break. Tips: Tighten the fishing line when retrieving the fishing rod to avoid entanglement of the fishing line
 Price: $ 32.99 Buy now at Amazon
Picture of my twins with their extendable fishing poles. Each caught a fish!

Hook Keeper Bobbers

I just happened to come across these on Amazon and I’m so glad I did! I also love that they come in a 3 pack since I have 3 kids!

These are great for ensuring kids don’t accidentally hook their parents or themselves! It’s also great not having to worry about where to put the bobber on the line as this one adjusts on its own.

Shakespeare Hah3Pck Hide-A-Hook Floats (3 Pack), Red/White
Shakespeare Hah3Pck Hide-A-Hook Floats (3 Pack), Red/White
by Pure Fishing Rods & Combos
  • Pack of 3 bobber floats for young anglers
  • Covers hook when casting for greater safety
  • Weedless for fewer snags
  • Pre rigged for easy fishing
  • Weighted design for easier casting with fewer tangles
List Price: $ 6.99 You Save: $ 1.57 (-22%)  Price: $ 5.42 Buy now at Amazon

Kids life jackets

Sterns is a great brand of life jackets that have been around for decades! We love this one and that it has a strap to go underneath as well for extra safety.

This life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved for boating, water skiing, tubing, swimming, and more.

This life jacket is for 30-50 lbs which is what all 3 of my kids are right now.

Stearns Kids Hydroprene Life Vest, USCG Approved Type III Life Vest for Kids Weighing 50-90lbs, Great for Pool, Beach, Boat, & More
Stearns Kids Hydroprene Life Vest, USCG Approved Type III Life Vest for Kids Weighing 50-90lbs, Great for Pool, Beach, Boat, & More
by Coleman
  • US Coast Guard-approved youth life jacket
  • Soft, flexible Hydroprene shell and lightweight Crosstech PE flotation foam
  • Contemporary ergonomic design for better movement
  • 2 webbed straps and a zipper offer a secure fit
  • Designed for youths weighing 50 to 90 pounds
 Price: $ 54.99 Buy now at Amazon

KastKing Centron Spinning Reel

About 11 years ago when I was 25 I finally graduated from a closed reel to an open reel and I love it! No more snags and much easier to cast. I’m sure there are a lot of other awesome benefits but for the once-a-year fisherwoman that I am, that’s what I focus on. It’s also lightweight which is great!

I really like it a lot and it’s lasted me many years. It doesn’t telescope like the kids’ ones above but it does have a split handle so you can have two parts of the pole for travel instead of a super long one.

KastKing Centron Spinning Combos,7ft Medium-Split Handle,3000 Reel
KastKing Centron Spinning Combos,7ft Medium-Split Handle,3000 Reel
by Eposeidon
  • Lightweight and Sensitive Toray IM6 Graphite Blanks – Centron Spinning Combos feature a sensitive and light-weight Toray IM6 Graphite blank designed to provide exceptional value and performance for all anglers. All combos are 2 pc and come in lengths from 6’ for Bass, Trout and Panfish and go all the way to 8’ for Catfish, Steelhead and even Salmon.
  • Stainless Steel Guides w/O-Rings – Strong and durable stainless-steel guides are used on all models with premium O-ring inserts that perform perfectly with both mono or braided lines. The lightweight stainless frames look great and keep the weight down for a perfectly balanced rod blank.
  • Contoured EVA Handles and Fighting Butt – We finish the rods with contoured EVA handles and fighting butt, so the rods feel great in your hand and provide all day comfort and a sure grip while providing for a perfectly balanced rod. Split rear handles are used on the 6’ to 7’ all-purpose combos and full-length EVA handles on the 7’6” medium heavy & 8’ heavy action combos which are perfect for catfish, salmon/steelhead or other large fish.
  • Includes Centron Spinning Reel – Each combo includes a perfectly matched KastKing Centron spinning reel that matches the rod and the type of fish that it is intended for. Reel sizes start at a compact size 2000 and go all the way to a powerful size 5000 that is perfect for the 8’ heavy action rod intended for Catfish, Salmon and Steelhead.
  • Premium Reel Specs at a Value Price – The KastKing Centron features a 5.2:1 or 4.5:1 gear ratio, 9+1 Maxi-Dur ball bearings, anti-twist line roller, light weight graphite frame and aluminum spool. The super smooth reel action is complemented by a powerful triple disc felt drag system.
 Price: $ 75.99 Buy now at Amazon

Tackle Box

Gone are the days, for me at least, of a traditional tackle box. I have one, the same one I’ve had for 20+ years but I no longer use it because it’s not practical. There is no place for my phone, my water bottle, bait, grubby old towel to wipe my hands, or other essentials.

I’ve found that having an old backpack with a simple plastic box with dividers works rather well and was a very inexpensive solution for years.

However…as I was writing this blog post I got curious about more legitimate backpack tackle boxes and holy wow I want this one! I put it on my Christmas list and got it!! I used it this year and LOVE it!!

This fishing backpack has a place for everything and even secret compartments for a phone and ID. That’s one of the many things I have trouble with is I don’t want to bring my whole wallet fishing, just my ID, fishing license, and a credit card just in case the fish take Visa (haha jk, but really, I do tend to always have some sort of payment with me as a rule in general). This secret zipper pocket on the straps would be perfect for those items!

This tackle box backpack also has a waterproof cover when it inevitably starts to rain. There is a place to keep your water, your fishing pole, 4 individual tackle boxes, safe place for your sunglasses where they won’t get smushed, and even a special area for your pliers! I love this!!

KastKing Bait Boss Fishing Tackle Backpack with Rod Holders-4 Tackle Boxes-Rain Cover,43L Large Storage for Fishing Gear,Green
KastKing Bait Boss Fishing Tackle Backpack with Rod Holders-4 Tackle Boxes-Rain Cover,43L Large Storage for Fishing Gear,Green
by KastKing
  • WATERPROOF AND DURABLE: This fishing tackle backpack with rod holders is made of tough high-density Oxford fabric for exceptional long-term performance and reliability. The water-resistant PVC and accessorized rain cover ensure your belongings stay fully dry. And the bottom is covered with fully waterproof non-slip composite materials, plus two non-skid pads on the bottom that keep your bag firmly in place.
  • SOFT PLASTIC SYSTEM & 20 MULTI-FUNCTIONAL STORAGE POCKETS:The top main compartment is specially designed with a Soft Plastic System—6 PVC pockets for your soft plastic lures, letting you access and keep track easily. The fishing backpack conveniently contains 20 dedicated pockets and storage areas that help you to stay organized. The versatile pockets help you efficiently carry rods, sunglasses, pliers, fishing boxes, fishing tools, and all the essentials you need for a day of fishing.
  • ADJUSTABLE MAIN COMPARTMENT: This fishing backpack has a 34-liter large-capacity storage compartment. The main storage area is easily adjustable with a foldable padded partition in the middle. You can fold down the clapboard on the main compartment and snap it into place to obtain two equally sized storage spaces. The upper layer holds clothing and snacks, while the lower layer holds four 3600 KastKing tackle boxes (included).
  • CUSHION PADDED BACK SUPPORT:The fishing tackle backpack is cushioned with breathable soft padding for superior back support. The foam-padded shoulder straps reduce contact pressure, are easily adjustable to fit your height, and are breathable for better comfort. Both straps include reflective stripes that keep you visible and safe at night. The Oxford fabric handle design makes it easy to lift your bag and hang it on a rack.
  • PERFECT FOR ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: Fully designed as a professional fishing tackle backpack, this bag can hold all your fishing accessories, and is specially crafted for fishing enthusiasts and avid anglers. Besides fishing, this large storage waterproof backpack is also perfect as a travel backpack for hiking, camping, sightseeing, exploring, cycling, working, or other outdoor sports. Ideal camping bag for men and women who love the outdoors.
 Price: $ 99.99 Buy now at Amazon

Sunscreen

Don’t forget the sunscreen!! Though this isn’t fishing specific, I feel it’s important to mention.

We love the Goddess Garden sunscreen, especially the stick ones for our faces and the lotion that spreads in well as long as you do it quickly, just like any mineral sunscreen. Goddess Garden sunscreens are safer for kids and families than the traditional chemical laden sunscreens. They also have a spray version though I haven’t tried that yet.

Goddess Garden - Baby SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - Sensitive Skin, Reef Safe, Sheer Zinc, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant, Non-Nano, Vegan, Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free - 3.4 oz Tube
Goddess Garden - Baby SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - Sensitive Skin, Reef Safe, Sheer Zinc, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant, Non-Nano, Vegan, Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free - 3.4 oz Tube
by Goddess Garden Incorporated
  • New and Improved: gentle and effective formula is more sheer, easier to apply, lightly scented with organic lavender essential oil and water resistant for 80 minutes.
  • Mineral Protection for Sensitive Skin: non-nano minerals offer powerful broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50, while organic shea butter and coconut oil hydrate and nourish, making it gentle for even the most sensitive skin.
  • Reef Safe and Cruelty-Free: our formulas are free from harsh chemicals, reef-safe, vegan and leaping bunny certified cruelty-free, so we mean it when we say we’re safe for sensitive skin and the environment!
  • Tips for Application: begin with moisturized skin. cover one small area of skin at a time. if it’s white, keep rubbing!
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 Price not available Buy now at Amazon
Goddess Garden - Kids SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - Sensitive Skin, Reef Safe, Sheer Zinc, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant, Non-Nano, Vegan, Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free - 6 oz Tube
Goddess Garden - Kids SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - Sensitive Skin, Reef Safe, Sheer Zinc, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant, Non-Nano, Vegan, Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free - 6 oz Tube
by Goddess Garden Incorporated
  • New and Improved: gentle and effective formula is more sheer, easier to apply, lightly scented with organic lavender essential oil and water resistant for 80 minutes.
  • Mineral Protection for Sensitive Skin: non-nano minerals offer powerful broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50, while organic shea butter and coconut oil hydrate and nourish, making it gentle for even the most sensitive skin.
  • Reef Safe and Cruelty-Free: our formulas are free from harsh chemicals, reef-safe, vegan and leaping bunny certified cruelty-free, so we mean it when we say we’re safe for sensitive skin and the environment!
  • Tips for Application: begin with moisturized skin. cover one small area of skin at a time. if it’s white, keep rubbing!
  • Join the movement! We're dedicated to protecting people and the planet! Join us at goddessgarden on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and show us how you GiveChemicalsTheBird
 Price not available Buy now at Amazon
Goddess Garden - Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick - 1 Unit
Goddess Garden - Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick - 1 Unit
by Goddess Garden Incorporated
  • Mineral Sunscreen for Sports: Our gentle and effective lotion formula is safe for Sensitive Skin, is Ultra Sheer, and Dry Touch. This Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and decreases the risk of early skin aging that's caused by the sun.
  • Reef-safe non-nano zinc offers powerful broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection against UVA and UVB rays. Soothing and effective formula is ultra-sheer, easy to apply, unscented, sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes. Dermatologist tested
  • Gentle unscented mineral formula is safe for sensitive skin, but, keeps you covered, even when you’re working hard. Organic plant-based ingredients (coconut oil and shea butter) nourish and soothe sensitive skin. Non-nano and biodegradable formula
  • Tips for Application: Begin with moisturized skin. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure, cover small area of skin at a time. If it’s still white, keep rubbing! That's due to the protection the zinc provides. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating or after drying off with towel.
  • Join the Movement: Our formulas are certified organic, Vegan, Reef Safe and Leaping Bunny certified Cruelty Free. Our formula contains no harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrance. We’re safe for sensitive skin and the environment! We're dedicated to protecting people and the planet!
 Price not available Buy now at Amazon

Stay Hydrated!

Be sure that you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated while fishing. I find that having some coffee helps too, but that’s just me. I prefer a slim water bottle such as the one below but I have a whole blog post about water bottles I recommend that I’ll link as well.

It’s easy to become dehydrated by accident when you’re out fishing, on the beach, or in general. Be sure you have even more water than you think you’ll need, just in case.

This Contigo water bottle I love because it stays closed, doesn’t leak, has a cover to go over the top so nothing can get in it, as well as my water stays cold for HOURS! We just got back from our first vacation in 3 years and did plenty of fishing as well as time on the beach. I was amazed at how long my water stayed cold inside of this water bottle, especially compared to others that I had on the trip.

Contigo Jackson Chill 2.0 Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Secure Lid Technology for Leak-Proof Travel, Keeps Drinks Cold for 12 Hours, 20oz Steel/Dragonfruit
Contigo Jackson Chill 2.0 Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Secure Lid Technology for Leak-Proof Travel, Keeps Drinks Cold for 12 Hours, 20oz Steel/Dragonfruit
by Ignite USA
  • QUICK HYDRATION WITH AUTOPOP TECHNOLOGY: Lid pops up for easy drinking and seals shut for no leaks when you're on the go
  • QUENCH YOUR THIRST: Wide mouthpiece is ideal for quick, easy drinking
  • VACUUM-INSULATED: Drinks stay cold for 24 hours thanks to the double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel
  • LOCK IT IN: Button lock ensures the top doesn’t open accidentally
  • CARRY ON: Integrated handle makes it easier and more comfortable to pick up and go
 Price: $ 27.22 Buy now at Amazon
reusable water bottles for all

Fishing License

One last thing, don’t forget a fishing license! We don’t keep the fish that we catch so my husband and I have a combined conservation license that costs less than a typical license since we don’t keep many, or any, fish. Always be sure you have your fishing license and drivers license/ID with you when fishing!


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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.

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