There are a lot of things that you can do to connect with your children while teaching them something in the process. Fathers can have a hard time figuring out what to do with daughters at times, but they can do the same things with them that they do with their sons. Fishing is something that many men do to relax, and is also a family activity if you want it to be. If you take the kids fishing you can spend quality time with them all the while teaching them to appreciate the great outdoors and how great it is to spend time unplugged. No one has to catch a thing to have an amazing experience together.
You don’t need a lot to take the kids fishing. They can get small poles that are easy for them to use for a very small price. These sometimes come as kits with all that they need to spend a day on the water with you, or you can allow them to use some of the things that you already have. When you take the kids fishing, start out teaching them before you even leave the house. Show them how to set up their pole, and teach them to cast in your back yard using only a weight on the end of the pole. It will take them a while, but they will have fun learning.
Kids fishing supplies should include a bobber, the small weight needed to keep any line in the water, and a hook. They should always try bobber fishing first, as this is the easiest way for them to get use to how a pole works, what a real bite looks like, and also when they truly should try to reel the fish in. Children often see any movement or feel something on the line and assume they have a bite. You can show them with a bobber what a wave does, and what really happens when a fish has taken the bait. Instead of just bobbing a little, the bobber should totally disappear.
When you see kids fishing for the first time, you may have a problem getting them to bait their own hook. It can be hard for a child to put a live worm on a hook. Either you can do it for them, or you can allow them to use rubber worms. They may not have much luck with the rubber worm, but if it is the only way they will fish, it is the best solution. Remind them over and over again how to cast safely, how to watch where everyone is, and then what to say when they think they have a bite. This helps keep everyone safe from flying hooks.
You can take kids fishing in a boat if you wish, but they have to be old enough to totally understand how dangerous the water can really be. Never allow them into a boat without a life jacket, and you should wear one as well. This sets a good example. Go over boat safety each and every time you go out, and show them that you mean business but packing things up and going ashore when they disobey your safety rules. Kids fishing should be fun, but will only be so if done safely.