Fishing: How to Get Your Daughter Hooked

Fishing is a great way to bond with your kids. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax by the lake for some quiet time and a chat. You might even be lucky enough to catch dinner!

Many people have fond childhood memories of fishing with their parents and grandparents. if you’re ready to enjoy some fresh air and special moments with your daughter, read on to find out how.

Take the bait

Fishing is a great way for you and your daughter to enjoy some quality time together in the tranquility of nature. She’ll really enjoy some special time with you and love learning a new skill. Wait for the smile on her face when she catches her first fish! 

Maximize your chances of success

Catching your first fish is a big deal, so do your best to make it happen by choosing a place where there are plenty of fish and they are easy to catch.

Chat with the people at the bait shop about the best places to go and the best bait to use. If you’re not the most confident angler yourself, find a friend or family member who can give you some tips before you start.

If you feel a bite on your line, hand it over and let your daughter reel it in. 

For information about the best places to take your kids fishing, click here.

Top tips for your first fishing experience

  • Practice casting in the backyard at home and introduce your daughter to the equipment and bait box.

  • A normal rod is likely to be too heavy, so borrow, rent or buy a child’s fishing rod.

  • Kids should wear life jackets when near water, and be careful your daughter doesn't literally get hooked on her hook. Those things are sharp.

  • Break up the trip with swimming or rock skipping and pack plenty of snacks. You want her to love her first fishing experience and leave wanting more!

For more information, take a look at the Family Fishing Guide.

Wait for the grin when she catches her first fish!