Fishing Stories

Take a child fishing

Instill in them a way to relax and forget the worries of the day

Fishing offers families an opportunity to participate in something together

Most adults who enjoy fishing as a hobby learned it as a child.

Someone — usually a parent or other relative — took them fishing, taught them how to bait a hook, how to cast and, most importantly, recognize the signal of a bite at the end of the line.

We’re all so busy these days, and family activities often tend to involve chauffeuring the young from the football field to dance class to gymnastics to art to music. When our children aren’t staring at a phone screen, computer screen or television screen, they’re running from one planned activity to the next. Oh, and don’t forget the birthday parties!

But what’s missing often is that quality one-on-one time parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can claim with their offspring before the offspring are old enough to shun their presence. Fishing offers that opportunity.

Fishing offers families an opportunity to participate in something together. It puts families outside, where they can not only enjoy fresh air and sunshine, they also can observe nature.

If you’ve ever watched a bald eagle fly, a crane snatch up a fish or a turtle sunning on a log, chances are good it’s been while you were silently waiting for a bite on the end of your line.

And in that time between tugs on the line, families talk about everything and about nothing. The bonding opportunities are boundless, especially between a parent or grandparent and a child.

Fishing gives children yet another opportunity to understand, too, where food comes from. Fish doesn’t come in sticks or squares, conveniently battered and deep fried. When an angler catches a “stick fish,” it’s very literally a branch from a tree.

Our young soccer pros, ballerinas and ball players need that time with their elders, and they need that time away from too many planned activities and too many screens.

It’s also a pretty inexpensive way to spend a morning or late afternoon. Arming yourself with a fishing license and taking a young person to fish at one of our local waterways with even the most rudimentary of cane poles, bobbers and a bucket of crickets or box of worms doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

You’ll laugh, you’ll teach, you’ll learn.

So take a child fishing. Instill in them a way to relax and forget the worries of the day. They’ll face those soon enough.

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