Taking kids fishing and what's been stopping you
A lot of parents we speak with love the idea of taking their kids fishing; a day out in the countryside, some excitement for the kids and something they can really engage with in a way that isn't an ipad or Octonauts!
But most of the time the idea stalls there...going fishing feels just too complicated...bit of a faff, "what about a licence?"..."and where do we actually go anyway?" Totally fair and I'm not surprised that's enough to make soft play and a late lunch in Pizza Express a better option...hang on, that is actually an excellent option!
Anyway, I would like spend a few paragraphs to dispel the myth that fishing is a faff and explain a few things which might help migrate fishing from 'idea' to the bank.
I see it like this: there's 4 main things on the checklist for a successful day's fishing:
1) Sorting where to go
4) The broad bucket called "other niff naff and trivia" which you might want to consider but isn't essential
In this post we'll look at number 1 on the list and I'll follow up shortly with instalments on the other points very soon.
So, where to go fishing when starting with kids?
You'll be amazed - there are literally thousands of places to fish with kids in the UK and I'll bet you have plenty on your doorstep. If you're starting from scratch, a Google Maps search for "Day Ticket Fisheries" will show you what's around. 'Day Ticket' means you don't have to be a member - you can just turn-up and someone will collect your money on the bank while you fish. Take a few quid in cash to cater for this. A junior day ticket is usually £2.00 - £7.00 so very good value for a day's activity.
Some venues will have website so you can gauge if it's going to be suitable - some won't, so you might want to consider a recce on another day...which in itself can make for a decent afternoon out and build some anticipation with your tribe.
To find a suitable venue, I suggest looking out for a few things... Lakes which describe large stocks of small fish are good - often these are called match lakes. Specimen lakes and other similar descriptions will be those which contain small stocks of much larger fish so I wouldn't bother with those.
Lakes that describe stocks of Roach, Rudd, small Carp and bream are good cues that you're in the right area. If you're unsure, you can always give the venue a call and they'll be happy to steer you in the right direction.
Go for comfort and ease. Many commercial fisheries are set up to make it easy to fish and would recommending buying wholesale into that approach. A nice flat fishing spot, wide enough to fit you and your little ones easily and not too many water or land-based hazards I would suggest - overhanging trees or lots of weeds/lily pads in the water in front of you. These things are a magnet for the wayward beginner cast and you want to be fishing, not yanking your debut hook from a willow tree!
Rivers can be good too but I would advise sticking with little ponds and lakes to begin with. Maybe I'll cover river fishing in a later post.
Bye for now