How to Keep Fishing Popular
Keeping fishing popular among an ever growing population that is hypnotized by electronic devices is a difficult task. Natural resources personnel have to deal with this year in and year out. Rising costs for fishing licenses, bait, gear, gas and everything else makes the fishing population even harder to maintain. But there are programs in place that can help plant seeds for growing a bigger and brighter fishing future. I encourage everyone to not be forced by a program to do something, but to encourage yourself to start your own personal program for growing fisherman. One child at a time.
With warmer temps all around the country, people are itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshiny days with a light breeze in their face. Children and teenagers have had enough of listening to demanding parents all winter, and tired parents are ready to get the kids outside. After a few days of enjoying the weather, is a terrific opportunity to take a kid fishing.
The reasons you should take a kid fishing are endless, but here are a few key points, in no particular order:
Memories can last a lifetime
Think way back into your childhood. Do you have any memories of holding a fishing pole, sitting there with a family member or friend, and catching a fish? The joy was probably so great, that somewhere in your memory, you won’t ever forget. I can remember many different docks that I would be bunkered on for hours trying to catch 4 inch bluegills, and when that occasional 10 inch Largemouth pulled down my bobber, it would make my day. Those are memories that I hope to share with my kids someday.
Looking for a safe, fun hobby
No matter where you live, there are going to be some knucklehead kids around that feed off of trouble. Keeping children involved in fun and safe activities, like fishing, will help kids stay out of trouble. Many kids that grow up in big cities don’t ever get to enjoy the experiences of catching a mystery creature down in the depths where we can’t see. They don’t even realize the opportunity is there. Parents, mentors, and adults can do tremendous things by simply taking a kid fishing. Trouble doesn’t often follow the path to the fisherman, but joy and excitement often does. Most cities are centered around lakes and rivers, so they do provide opportunities to teach and have fun.
Children are the future
It’s true for just about anything. Get children involved at a young age and play the percentages that some of them will continue to do that later in life. Fishing is no different. For the sake of all fisherman, we should try to do our part to get children involved in fishing. Making it a fun experience early on makes it easier for children to want to do it again. A little sacrifice of your own time, for a child’s, can impact more lives than you can imagine. Because once you’ve helped a child realize that something is special, it becomes ‘viral’ and spreads the passion onto others.
Here are a couple short videos to show the real impact of a kid’s reaction to fishing. Tell me these kids won’t be fishing when they’re older….
Find Your Local Event
Many states and cities have programs, as mentioned before, to take kids fishing. Here in Minnesota, the DNR has a site dedicated to information regarding it. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/takeakidfishing/index.html In some states, you do not need a fishing license on the dedicated weekends for taking a kid fishing. I highly encourage you to find the weekend for your local ‘kid fishing’ weekend, and mark it down on your calendar.
Something to Remember
You don’t need children of your own to take a kid fishing. It isn’t hard to find friends, family, programs or organizations and help set something up that can be worth more than any pricetag. You can make a difference for someone out there. A little now, for a lot more later.
If you happen to agree with me on any of this, I encourage you to forward this to someone who can help make a difference for the children of today–and tomorrow.
Good luck fish’n
Brad – @SonarFish
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.