Part of my goal at Mom Approved Adventures is to share activities and adventures that you can do locally. As summer kicks off, many of us are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained while keeping our sanity. Whether you are a working mom outside the home (full or part time), a work-from-home mom or a stay at home mom, we all have the same goal – entertain the kids, make more memories than tears and survive summer!
One of the activities that my husband couldn’t wait to introduce Jamie too was fishing. He was almost 4 when he first introduced him to fishing, and I admit it wasn’t love at first cast, but it grew on him. We have gone fishing several times, trying different methods.
At first we went fishing at local community ponds. Jamie caught a fish the first trip and probably half the trips since then, but we face the nemesis that many people face today … the dreaded electronic device. Jamie is fine when we are doing very active activities, but the quiet and waiting of fishing is something he has slowly gotten better at as time has passed.
Later when we went fishing on a boat, he enjoyed it even more. Riding on the boat, helping Daddy drive and finding fish on the “fish finder” so that was a little more exciting than standing on the shore.
There is limited supplies needed and there are starter kits that make it easy to get started. Many communities have fishing spots, some communities even host Youth Fishing Derbies.
Fishing is a great way to get your kids outside and exploring nature. You can get creative and research fish in your area or different ways to make fishing poles. I grew up using cane poles. I admit I was in my 30’s before I got my first rod & reel fishing pole.
Make sure to check with your city and state to make sure you are following all fishing regulations for the area. Some require licences and/or may have rules and regulations for number and type of fish caught.
Here is more information if you are interested
in introducing your family to fishing …
Cost considerations for fishing:
- Fishing Pole and Tackle (we’ve found kid’s poles at Cabelas’s from about $15)
- Bait (you can get live bait for fairly cheap, starting at $3-$5, or artificial bait)
- Fishing Licences (check your state’s law regarding licenses for kids and adults with them)
- Clothing/Sun Protection- you want to make sure that if this becomes a regular activity that you provide sun protection for your child. Hats, light-weight shirts with long sleeves, sun glasses and sunscreen are all great options. You can also alter the time of day, going in morning or evening to avoid hottest part of the day.
- Drinks and Snack- this is pretty easy, because that’s a necessity for many kids activities, but remember to keep everyone hydrated and have healthy snacks to help create happy memories!
- Fishing Charters- If you really get into fishing, you can see if there are fishing charters in your area that can take you boat fishing.
Bonus Points for Mom:
- This is a great way for your kids to get outside.
- You can make it educational by learning about fish in your area, creative by making your own poles or a game by seeing who can catch the most or largest/smallest fish.
- This is a great way for your family to relax and have some one-on-one times without other daily distractions.
- This is a great activity to do with friends.
- This will tire your kids out so you can get a good night’s sleep (hopefully)!!