Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Why You Should Teach Your Kids to Fish

FOLLOW THE FISH

Florida is a state of sunshine, and it also comes with ample opportunities for some good saltwater fishing during the summer months. You know how to the old saying goes, “give a man a fish and you have fed him for one meal. Teach a man to fish, and he is fed for a lifetime.” The same applies to children.

With fishing, they are learning a lifetime skill that they can carry with them into adulthood while also being able to experience the joy and excitement that comes along with Florida fishing.

So, what other benefits will you find when you teach your kids to fish this summer?

Put Down the Electronics

It is a great way to get them to put down the electronics and get outside in the fresh air. Most kids these days have a cell phone, a tablet, a gaming console, or even all of these. Being connected is more important to them than being outside at times.

Take the phone and put a fishing rod in their hand instead. It will do them a lot of good to spend time with the family while disconnecting from electronics for a bit.



Opportunity for Teaching

Teaching them how to fish is also an opportunity to teach them about where their food actually comes from. Many of them don’t really know how their food gets to their plate. It is also a good chance to teach them about catch and release and how fish are cleaned and used for food.

You are also teaching them some survival skills that they can take with them into adulthood.

Learning Patience

Fishing also teaches a child about patience. The world is a fast paced place with entertainment, technology, and the internet taking over. With such quick access to everything we need, it is easy to forget about patience. However, give them a fishing pole, get them outdoors, and have them sit by the water for a few hours and see what happens.



Bonding Time

The biggest benefit of teaching your kids how to fish is the time you get to spend together outdoors as a family. Fishing is a good activity, regardless of age, so it is something the entire family can enjoy.

So, next time you plan a vacation, consider a fun Florida fishing trip with the family. You can even charter a boat and discover new places!

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756. Tight Lines and Best of Luck in your Fishing Adventures!

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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