Top 10 tips to make fishing fun for children

Fishing fun for children
Fishing is fun for children (Image credit: Angler's Mail)

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Looking for some fishing tips to help you and a youngster or two enjoy a few hours full of smiles – and fishing?  It’s essential to follow a few basic rules to ensure you make fishing fun for children, rather than wishing they’d be anywhere else than on the bank.

Here are top 10  fishing tips to make a kids fishing session a memorable one.

1 Bites aplenty

Fish waters that hold lots of fish and, therefore, produce plenty of bites. The last thing you want is to be sat behind rods on a rock-hard water waiting for a bite that may never happen, as they’ll be bored to tears.

Fishing for kids

A whip is an ideal way to get kids into fishing. (Image credit: Future)

2. Keep it simple

Keep rigs and tackle simple. A whip with a basic pole rig is a good starter, before moving onto short rods and small reels. There’s no need for the latest chod rig at this stage.

3. Keep it short

Aim to fish for two hours maximum. Interest levels can drop, especially if bites dry up, so aim to fish for a few hours and treat any extra time as a bonus.

4. Size doesn’t matter

Don’t fish a water that has big fish, as children will be massively unprepared to deal with them. A water that holds small fish gives them the opportunity to learn how to play, hold and unhook fish in a manageable way.

5. Don’t fish yourself

Don’t expect to be fishing yourself, as you’ll need to devote your attention solely to them.

6. Let them make mistakes

Kids are going to make lots of mistakes but it’s all part of the learning process. Make light of any errors as fishing is supposed to be fun.

The last thing you want to do is be critical, as they’ll soon start losing interest. Sit back, relax and wait until they ask for advice or for you to untangle the inevitable tangles.

7. Encouragement and fun

Give them lots of encouragement and share their joy when they catch fish. You’ll often find that you get more enjoyment watching them catch than when you catch fish yourself.

8. Bring a picnic

Break up the fishing session and enjoy a picnic. A bit of food and drink, and a rest from fishing, can often reinvigorate their enthusiasm.

Fishing for kids

Kids love catapults but be careful they’re not aiming at you (Image credit: Future)

9. Take a catapult

Who needs games consoles or the latest mobile app when you’ve got a catapult? Get them firing out freebies, preferably around the float, and it’ll keep them entertained.

10. Seaside sport

If you are planning on a holiday to the seaside during the warmer months ahead, don’t forget to take a travel rod and a few bits of tackle. It can offer kids a couple of hours of entertainment and gives you a welcome break from helping them build sandcastles.

Fish a quiet beach – trying to fish a populated beach with holidaymakers is a non-starter, for obvious reasons.

Angler's Mail

Running from 1964 until 2020, Angler's Mail was the UK's leading weekly magazine devoted to coarse fishing, telling readers everything they needed to know about which fish to catch, where to catch them, and what kit they needed to do it. Now, loads of the magazine's expert advice can be found on, as a helpful resource for angling newcomers and experts alike.