Capt. Pete Rapps
While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip.
1. Life Jackets
While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and U.S. Coast Guard recommended that everyone wear a life jacket while boating at all times, Florida law requires children under 6 to wear a life jacket at all times while on a boat. Please call the FWC’s Boating Safety Section at 850-488-5600 for current regulations and updates.
2. Youth Sized Fishing Rod and Reel
With your kid’s small hands, it will be better for them to have a rod and reel setup that is their size. While a child can use an adult sized fishing setup, they will have much less success landing the big one.
While you are probably accustomed to the “feeling” of getting a bite, your children most likely won’t be. With the help of a bobber, your kid will have an easier time detecting a bite and will gradually learn when it is time to reel.
4. Live Bait
Having plenty of live bait like shrimp handy will keep the action consistent and will be exciting for the kids too. Try to focus on helping the children get a number of bites from smaller fish using the live
5. Fishing License
Even if it is just you heading on to the boat, you should make sure that you have your current fishing license handy. In order to encourage your children to be responsible anglers, you need to explain to them the importance of having a license. Additionally, you should make sure to check and explain the importance of fishing rules and regulations as well.
6. Water and Snacks
While you may only be planning on a short fishing trip out on the boat, you still need to make sure that you have enough water and snacks handy to keep your kids well-hydrated and prevent them from getting crabby.
7. Sun Protection
The sun can really beat down on you out in the 10,000 Islands so you are going to want to bring plenty of broad spectrum sunscreen with you and make sure to reapply every two hours. You should grab an extra hat and sunglasses as well.
Contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email at CaptainRapps@Outlook.com or by phone 239-571-1756. Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and springtime tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class website for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com.