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Fishing with Kids

Fishing with Kids

I believe that our kids are the future of fishing. I love educating my boys on the art of fishing.

Fishing with kids can be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding. My middle boy, Koby, loves fishing. However, my eldest boy Ethan, does not like it so much. My youngest, Nicholas, is looking like he will enjoy it, but he is still very young at only 3 ½ years old. When we plan a trip out with the kids, I pay special attention to their needs as boredom and hunger are the main complaints. First, make sure you pack lots of snacks and water. Second, it is also very important to “slip, slop, slap”. Third, remember the kids come first so make it a fun day out for them.

After launching the boat and putting on the kids’ life jackets, we set off. If the tide suits, I will try to stop on a few spots and have a troll on the way to Slipping Sands. This is a good destination for the kids to go nuts and run up and down the dunes. It is a good idea to give them a break from fishing to stretch their legs.

Once they have spent some of their energy, we jump back in the boat and head over to the mouth of Cobby and pump yabbies (tide dependent). Kids scream and carry on picking them up and occasionally they will get a nip.

We then go and drift around to pick up a few whiting, bream and flatties. All that is needed is a nice light rod with 6lb main line with 8/10lb leader, a small pea sinker (enough weight to hold the bottom), and a trace of about 600ml. A mustard long shank hook with a fresh worm or a small “yobbo” (what my kids use to refer to yabbies).

With kids, as long as they are catching fish, they are interested. When this gets a bit stale, we will fire up the engine and head towards Cabbage Tree boat ramp, as this ramp has a great beach and a playground. After they have a play here for a while (to again stretch their legs), we will have a troll around this area, then slowly make our way home.

It is all about making it a fun day out with the kids and family. You will also get to know your kids better, especially with the precious quiet time spent fishing on the boat together.

Just remember to keep “livin’ the dream”.

By Matty Savas



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