Amusing and adorable as it is to watch a toddler juggle an adult-sized fishing pole, the inevitable result will be a frustrated child and a damaged (or dropped!) pole. Instead, you need to purchase a mini, child’s-size fishing pole to introduce your child to the sport of fishing. In years past, it might have been difficult to find fishing rods for kids, but these days, manufacturers are tailoring their products to meet the needs of toddlers and small children. Not only are these poles smaller (and thus easier for tiny hands to hold), but they’re also designed with special features to make fishing safer and more enjoyable for children. Scroll down to learn how to choose the perfect fishing rod for your child.
Fishing Rods for Kids
How to Choose a Child’s Fishing Rod
As you search online or browse the aisles of your favorite sporting goods store, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the wealth of options. So, to help you narrow down your choices, look for these important features and ask yourself the following questions:
- Usability. Was the product built with a child in mind? Will it be easy for your child to hold and operate? Are the added features appropriate for your child’s age or will they be overwhelmed by the complexity?
- Safety. Is your child old enough to be trusted with sharp hooks? Or would you prefer to use a plastic hook until they’re a bit older? Is the pole so long that your child will likely hit someone as they wave it around?
- Size. Will your child be able to comfortably hold the rod? Is it heavy, difficult to balance, or generally cumbersome? Is it short enough and light enough?
- Durability. Kids are known to be quite rough with their toys, so will the rod hold up as the years go by? Could this rod be passed on to another child, after your child graduates to adult-sized fishing poles?
In addition, look for products that were designed to relieve the frustrations parents often feel when teaching their kids to fish. For example, have you heard about no-tangle fishing rods? That’s right—there are poles specially designed to prevent tangles and line bunching! The poles features an in-line feed through the center of the shaft, eliminating obstructions between the line and the exterior of the rod. You might also be interested in training lures, which transform into sponge fish, or a small tackle box. Fishing accessories and tackle can be very exciting for a child just learning to fish, especially if the child feels as though they’re emulating their parent or grandparent.
If you’re teaching a child to fish for the first time, be sure to check out Kid Casters. Our unique, innovative fishing products are the perfect way to safely introduce your child to the sport of fishing. You might be interested in our (patent pending) no-tangle fishing rods or a full fishing rod kit, which include a youth fishing rod, a practice casting plug, and (patent pending) sponge fish training lures.
Plus, many of the products produced by Kid Casters feature popular children’s characters like Dora and Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can find our products at popular retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Wal-Mart, Cabela’s, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kmart, Toys ”R” Us, Sportsman’s Warehouse.