I didn’t grow up fishing. I never went fishing when I was married and we moved to the lake. I didn’t join my neighbors on their fishing trip or meet my friends when they went away for the weekend. Yet… I take my son fishing.
1 – Fishing is really a great activity for everyone (my father-in-law takes the kids fishing when they stay overnight at his house). It is just a great way to connect and create memories, which is why I do it. You can just sit and talk for hours on end.
2- There isn’t much planning involved if you use this fishing checklist. I recently ordered our Shakespeare Catch More Fish Combos (like the fishing combo), because they come pre-spooled, with Stren fishing line (made in the USA) and include a fishing kit equipped with hooks and bait. It takes the ‘stress’ out of fishing because I don’t have to think about what to buy… and I can just concentrate on the real reason I’m there… to connect with our kids.
3- It is a personal investment in our children when we spend time with them, doing thing like fishing. It shows them that family time is more important than any toy. The look on our kid’s faces when they find out that we are going to do something together will always beat the look on their faces when they get a new toy from the store. They love to spend one on one time with us and would pick it every time. Outdoor adventures is probably our favorite way to do this.
4- I am teaching them important skills, like how to live off of the land, when we are out fishing. It is no different than when I teach them how to garden. I am teaching them skills that are important to help them be self-sufficient.
5- Teaching them patience. There really isn’t any better way to teach our kids patience than to take them fishing. We are waiting for nature, so to speak. We are waiting for the fish to come to us. It gives us a real-life opportunity to teach them patience, which is a very valuable lesson that will be so beneficial to them down the road (especially in this day and age).
6- It makes him smile.
So turn the TV off, load up the car, drive to a fishing destination, and go #FishinForMemories with your kids (and Shakespeare and Stren!) Ps- you can enter the “Stren Drop a Line Contest” with a chance to win a dream fishing trip with a friend by:
- Uploading a picture of yourself fishing
- Tell the story of your favorite fishing memories