Critics of fishing often claim that it is boring, gross (because of the worms), or based entirely on luck. Not only are these people wrong, but also they have failed to give fishing the chance it deserves. Yes, fishing is sometimes boring, but it’s also relaxing, exciting, and provides a great opportunity to bond with your fellow anglers. Yes, it can be gross, but (1) gross things can be awesome (just ask a 10-year-old boy) and (2) worms aren’t strictly necessary. Finally, fishing isn’t based purely on luck. Luck may enter the equation, but fishing requires skill, the proper equipment, and a knowledge of the surrounding land and wildlife. You know what I think? I think these critics need to learn how to have fun while fishing . . .
How to Have Fun While Fishing
Wondering how to have fun while fishing? First of all, loosen up! Fishing with solemn determination can be enjoyable, but don’t always take your hobby so seriously, especially if you’re fishing with children. We’ve already discussed some ways to make fishing fun for kids, so today we’re going to provide you with a lengthy list of ideas to ensure that you can’t possibly exhaust them all.
- Bring a picnic lunch (or breakfast, or dinner) along.
- Try a unique bait that you’ve never used before.
- Bring a book that discusses different types of fish to categorize your catches.
- Award prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish, best casting, etc.
- Go shopping for a cool new lure, a fishing hat, or another accessory.
- Use several types of bait and keep track of which performs better.
- Make your own BINGO boards with wildlife and things found in nature.
- Take along your camera or smartphone to take silly pictures.
- Explore the shoreline with your boat looking for turtles, birds, etc.
- Bring a radio to play and share your favorite tunes.
- Take frequent breaks, especially if your children are restless and eager.
- Cook the fish you catch, combining angling with a cooking lesson.
- Ask your child to imagine what they think the land looks like under the water.
- Bring a list of silly “Would you rather?” questions to ask each other.
- Teach your child to skip stones or whistle.
- Make little boats to float in the water (out of paper, sticks, bark, leaves, etc).
- Allow your child to wade into the water or swim.
- If the conditions are right, try catching frogs or fireflies.
- Bring a deck of cards so that you can play Go Fish while you fish.
- Simply talk and enjoy the relaxing environment.
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