Why I like to teach kids to fish

Fishing is a sport that’s likely to be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender or age. However, teaching children how to fish might seem like a daunting task in the beginning, although it doesn’t have to be. Fishing expeditions are fun and can help develop a set of skills which may occasionally be required, and the neat thing about them is that they manage to keep children off technology, at least for a while. We all know that spending some time at the beach has become a less social activity these days, as people tend to spend a lot more time with their electronic devices, be they Playstations or smartphones, instead of chatting with their friends and family.

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That’s why one of the primary reasons I personally enjoy teaching kids how to fish is that it helps them learn a bit about patience. It goes without saying that technology is a necessary evil, and sometimes it pays off for kids to learn its basics even when they are toddlers. Later on in life, technically advanced individuals have a higher chance of succeeding compared to less tech-savvy people. Even so, holding a fishing rod for one hour or so requires a good degree of patience that allows children to disconnect from technology and learn to connect with a relative or friend and with a fish, as well.

 

pa2Survival skills can also be improved significantly because fishing helps one get back in touch with nature. For instance, the kid has to know how to tie a knot, catch a fish, clean it, and then even learn to cook it, provided that someone is there to explain all the principles of such activities. Naturally, it’s very unlikely that a kid eventually grows up into an adult who fishes for a living. Even so, it’s safe to say that being one with nature is far easier to achieve when children find out where their food actually comes from.

 

pa1Yet another reason for teaching youth how to fish consists of the fact that it assists them in learning new things. Sometimes, it’s quite important for the fisherman to know a bit about the biology of the species he or she is trying to catch. Whether these fish prefer resting under lush vegetation when the sun is up in the sky or whether they prefer a particular type of bait or not, the fact of the matter is that it all boils down to extensive research. One simply ought to have some knowledge about the fish one’s trying to catch. Besides, love for nature can be considerably improved once you tell your kids about the catch and release policy or about how beneficial it is for your local environment to catch one invasive species or the other.

 

In the end, this sport is about striking a conversation and spending time outdoors with family and friends. There’s nothing like a day soaking up some sun and waiting for the excitement of your next catch.