When To Introduce Kids To Fishing

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Jim Anson's Tips

  There is no such thing as “too young to learn how to fish.”

  My belief is to wear the shoes of the youngsters.

  Most are not patient enough at two to four years of age to fish all day.

  What a child reacts to best is a good time with parents catching fish.

  It’s usually not how big the fish is that sparks their interest.

  If a child is very young, I recommend using small baits, like shiners for freshwater or shrimp for saltwater, and let them learn by making their own mistakes.

  Preferably start earlier in the day, let them catch what they want, and when their enthusiasm dwindles, take them home.

  The secret is to make the event a fun and happy adventure.

  It will help ensure that they will be looking forward to the next fishing trip.

  I’ve found through experience that it is counter-productive to bring more than one child when they are learning to fish.

  It usually ends up a competition, which invites aggression at times.

  A one on one, parent and child, situation is the best approach if you truly want a child to build their love for fishing.

  By taking them home as soon as they loose interest, the first thing they will say in the car is “when can we go again?”

  Never let the interest slip away.

CaptainMo’s Fishing Report

  On August 5, Tony and his son were in town from Tampa for a boys weekend in Miami, and wanted to do a little fishing.

  We began looking for bonefish as we hid from an unusually high wind for August, but no one was home.

  Switching gears we headed to an area that has been holding tarpon but they seemingly had lock jaw that day.

  In lieu of a tarpon, we hooked a 30lb barracuda that did its best to impersonate a jumping tarpon.

  Aboard with me on August 7 was Grant, and we were in pursuit of sight fishing super shallow water tailing redfish.

  The morning was just awesome with low water, calm winds, and over a hundred tailing redfish all around us.

  We struck gold and switched gears after the water levels got too high.

  We ended the day losing two big sharks and landing one about 4 feet long.

  Regular client David was on board for two days of fishing on August 9 and 10 with his friend Eran.

  On day one we fished Biscayne Bay and the fishing was a bit slow courtesy of the coming super moon.

  We did land quite a few mutton snappers but they weren’t the usual 5-7 pounders. On day two we were in the Everglades and we got into baby tarpon and redfish and the bites were hard to come by.

  We did land a snook which was a first for Eran.

  On August 11, Carlos spent his birthday on my skiff fishing Biscayne Bay on a gorgeous summer day.

  We started early and had shots at schools of tailing permit and rolling baby tarpon.

  Carlos made a perfect cast to a nice permit moving in but the fish ate before the hook could be set.


  The tarpon would chase our lures but swim away at the last moment.

  Double ouch.

  The day ended shark fishing the flats and hooking 8 big sharks, some 7 feet long or longer, only to lose all but one smaller one.

  Super moon = super weird fishing.

  On August 12, Daniel and Taryn from Georgia boarded early morning for a half day on the water.

  We arrived at our first spot and never had to move.

  There was some action from smaller snappers but Taryn quickly landed a nice mutton snapper putting the pressure on Daniel.

  Not long after he hooks an 80lb tarpon but it cut us off a few minutes later on a piling.

  Again the rod goes off and this time we close the deal on a nice resident tarpon about 50lbs.

  Once gain the rod doubles over and Taryn is on to another in the 50lb range.

  With the fish next to the boat about to be landed he makes on giant jump 6 feet in the air and breaks her off.

  Urgh, what a morning!