Fishing with kids is a great family outdoors activity

Fishing with kids is a great family outdoors activity.

To make the experience fun, safe and pressure free, consider these 10 steps.

2018 dates and school holidays for Karumba State School

2018 dates and school holidays for Karumba State School

1. SCOUT FOR LOCATIONS

Fishing means catching fish. Whether you plan to fish from a boat, shore or a dock, scout out locations where fish are plentiful. We all know that Karumba is the place where we have plenty of fish.

Park Shop Barra Lures, assorted size hooks, traces sinkers, swivels, filleting

Park Shop Barra Lures, assorted size hooks, traces sinkers, swivels, filleting

The Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park tackle shop is a great place to get some help while you stay at Park. If possible, bring the kids along when you visit the store. Have them observe while you ask for pointers on where to go, productive baits for the area, and information on fishing regulations and fishing licenses.

Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Shirts Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Shirts Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

2. GET READY

Organizing gear in advance minimizes stress. Check as you pack: fishing gear, snacks, drinks, water, sunscreen, bug repellant, rain jackets, hats, first-aid kit, sunglasses.

Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Shirts Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Shirts Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

3. FISH SAFE

Safety must come first. Life jackets, while sometimes uncomfortable, are a must for kids around water. Hooks have barbs so should only be handled by adults. If you prefer, barbs can be pinched down. Shakespeare’s Hide-A-Hook Float is a great device that hides the hook within the bobber for safer casting.

Children Family Fishing Fun Tourist Attraction Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Children Family Fishing Fun Tourist Attraction Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

4. TALK TACTICS

Boys and girls alike are naturally curious, so explain how a float works and moves when a fish bites. If casting jigs, tug on the line while the child holds the rod to simulate a hit. Demonstrate setting the hook, emphasizing that like any skill, in takes time to learn.

5. GET A GRIP

Teach kids how to grip the handle of the rod keeping it in front of them in a 9 to 11 o’clock position. Explain how the reel handle turns and how to react to a bite.

Children Family Fishing Fun Tourist Attraction Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Children Family Fishing Fun Tourist Attraction Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

6. CAST AWAY

A sidearm cast, not an overhead, is better and safer for kids. Here’s an overview:

  • Shoulder-check no one’s in harm’s way
  • Bring the rod back keeping it above the waist
  • Swing the rod forward while flicking the wrist and releasing the line prior to the rod pointing at the target
  • End with rod pointing at target
  • Offer lots of encouragement for young casters
A Beautiful Park View Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park to the park to the beach saying Beach

A Beautiful Park View Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park to the park to the beach saying Beach

7. GEAR FOR SUCCESS

Success can result from the simplicity of a bait and bobber on a lightweight rod. Buy a quality spinning or spin-cast combo between 3’6″ to 5′ and spool the reel with 6-pound mono filament line.

8. USE ARTIFICIAL BAITS

Worm and minnow soft-baits are durable and won’t spoil. Rig baits on a 1/32- to 1/8-ounce jig. Marabou or tinsel crappie jigs also work well.

A jig dangled beneath a small float and occasionally twitched is an effective tactic for youngsters. For kids who want to become more engaged, teach them a slow reeling or hopping jig retrieve.

Another great pic by Libby, taken from the Boat Ramp on the point

Another great pic by Libby, taken from the Boat Ramp on the point

9. PLAY AND LAND

Learning to fish takes patience. Coach kids how to slowly and steadily play fish, stopping when the fish is at the water’s surface. Encourage kids to independently land a fish quickly or to ask for help. Once the catch is out of the water and admired with photos secured, demonstrate proper release methods. If it’s fish for dinner, explain selective harvesting.

10. HAVE FUN

Fishing should be always be fun. Keep this objective in mind and regardless of the number of fish caught, each outing will be a success.

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