Children are curious and not nearly as coordinated or cautious as adults in general, and this means they tend to get hurt more often. To make sure the trip ends without any serious injuries, you need to be prepared. Here are just a few things you want to be sure you take with you for safety reasons.
- Life Jacket – even if you are not on a boat, your child may wander a bit and end up in the water. Fishing areas may be deeper than the child is tall, or have branches that keep him or her from being able to stand or get out of the water.
- Eye Protection – branches, lures, or hooks can easily scratch the eyes. You want to have both clear and colored glasses to protect the eyes whether the sun is out and bright or not.
- First Aid Kit – while you probably take one with you anytime you go fishing, check the contents before leaving, you never know when someone got into it and used up all the bandages.
Do not expect a child to be able to use an adult’s fishing gear. Rods are too long, reels too complicated, and lures or hooks can be dangerous for small children. A rod does not have to be anything expensive or special. A simple cane pole with a closed-face spin-casting reel works well for children. If your child is too young to push the button on the reel while casting, you can attach a piece of line to the end of the pole so he or she can just toss the line into the water a bit. No matter what kind of pole and line is being used, it is a good idea to have a bobber attached to it so he or she can tell if it is being tugged on. As a safety precaution, only use non-barbed hooks on the child’s line to keep it from becoming stuck in the child.
Taking your child fishing, and teaching him or her to fish, is something you will both remember for most of your life. It won’t matter whether or not you actually catch anything, it will be the time spent together that is important. Having the equipment that will keep the child safe, and that will be actually usable by the child, will ensure you have a great time. Contact a business, such as Gulf Water Cowboy, for more information.