Whether you are a parent or a mentor, there are many reasons to teach a kid to fish. Some reasons are obvious, like spending time outdoors and making new memories, but there are also some not-so-obvious reasons. Don’t forget to keep these additional reasons in mind the next time you have the opportunity to take a kid fishing.
1. When you teach a kid to fish, you are helping them unplug from technology. Mobile devices and computers have become a big part of our daily lives, but it’s important for kids to learn when to take a break from technology. You can teach kids about the mental benefits of spending time outdoors by helping them focus their eyes and attention spans on nature versus a computer screen.
2. Fishing encourages feelings of confidence and empowerment. If you grew up fishing, you probably remember reeling in your first catch like it was yesterday. Part of the reason fishing creates such vivid memories is because it encourages positive feelings of accomplishment and empowerment. Every time kids master a new fishing skill, there is another opportunity for them to gain confidence.
3. When kids go fishing, they learn more about the freshwater and saltwater eco-systems that fish inhabit. Fishing trips can be great mini biology lessons. Adults can use them to create “teachable moments” about the marine food chain and fish species identification.
4. Fishing can teach kids about the importance of conservation. When you teach a kid to fish, you can educate them about state fishing regulations, proper release techniques, and why regulations are important to follow for conservation. Encourage kids to practice proper catch and release techniques every time they go fishing.
5.Kids build lasting relationships with friends and family while fishing. If you’re an angler, you can attest first-hand to the bonding that takes place between friends or family when you take fishing trips together. The excitement of a great catch doubles when you are able to share the experience with someone you care about.
Now that you have five more reasons to teach a kid to fish, check to make sure you have a valid state fishing license before you head out on the water. Every state has different laws regarding fishing licenses. While minors can usually fish for free or get a discounted rate on a license, you will need to check the specific fishing rules for your state.