It’s getting to be the time of year where we spend more time outdoors, especially with children. Take a read of our guest post about Safety Tips for Fishing with Kids from Adam Brown from castforfish.com.
Must Know Safety Tips for Fishing with Kids
The gift of fishing is one of the greatest things you can give to your kids. To make it a safe and enjoyable experience, I’m going to pass on a few tried and tested safety tips.
It’s quality time spent outdoors that connects us with the natural world. You may be wondering what’s so risky about fishing?
Follow my simple safety tips and you can help keep your kids fishing for a lifetime.
Set the rules
Setting the ground rules is always a good idea with kids, especially so when fishing.
Hooks are sharp and there’s always risk involved when spending a day by the water.
If you spend a little time in advance, clearly explaining the risks and dangers, this can go a long way to keeping your kids safe.
Don’t Forget Proper Attire
Wearing proper clothing is almost the most important factor to keep in mind and not only when you are fishing in colder times. Here are some of the main points you should always think about when heading to the lake with your little ones.
- Correct Footwear – Think warm, dry and comfortable with good, non-slip grip. You can guarantee that a good time will be had by all if you follow this simple safety tip.
- Billed Cap – If you get your kids decent billed caps, you can keep the sun out of their eyes and off their faces when out fishing. It also protects their heads from stray hooks.
- Sunglasses – You can protect your kids eyes not only from the damaging rays of the sun but also those stray flying hooks by providing a decent pair of sunglasses.
- Polarized Lenses – If they really take a shine to fishing, you can get polarized lenses for your kids too. These cut out the glare, allowing them to see through the water and spot fish much better. This can really enhance the whole experience of fishing as well as keeping them safe of course.
- Sunscreen – To protect the delicate skin of your kids from the damaging UVA/B rays of the sun you should provide your kids with a quality sunscreen, preferably factor 50+. This should be worn even in winter when the sun shines, especially by the water.
- Appropriate clothing – Planning for all eventualities and making sure you have clothing suitable for the predicted weather is always a good idea. Believe me, if you are warm and dry then fishing is much more fun, especially for kids! It’s never a bad idea to keep a spare set of dry clothing in the car as well.
This is my number one safety tip. Barbless hooks are readily available these days and are a must when fishing with kids. They are also much easier for you to remove from the fish too.
If you don’t have any, then pinching down the barb on your hooks with pliers will enable you to remove them easily should one of your kids be unfortunate enough to get caught up.
Kid Friendly Tackle
To enhance the experience for your kids and to make things more safe and enjoyable for them, it pays to get them the right tackle. There are plenty of kid friendly tackle options available to you for purchase these days.
They’ll be much happier, safe and relaxed with the right equipment – and so will you. It’s far better than watching them struggle with the wrong gear.
As you can see, there are possibly a few more risks involved in fishing than it might seem at first. If you approach it correctly and follow my simple safety tips then it’s possible to make fishing a safe, fun and inspiring hobby for all the family.
Again, thank you for your post Adam.
Until next time,
Use your instincts to survive