Getting kids ‘hooked’ on fishing

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By: H. A. Fisher

Have you ever seen children catch their first fish? The delight on their little faces as they reel in the “big one” is beyond measure.

Fishing with children is a wonderful family activity. It requires a simple fishing pole and some bait – no fancy technology or expensive lessons. An afternoon at the lake is about spending time together, talking and enjoying nature. Leave the phones and iPads at home and just soak up some quality time. But bring your camera so you can capture the moment of that first catch.

According to TakeMeFishing.org, those under the age of 18 make up more than 23 percent of all fishing participants. That’s more than 11 million children and teens ages 6 to 17 who are fishing.

The Charleston area has plenty of great places take children on a Saturday afternoon fishing trip, and those living at The Ponds in Summerville don’t have far to travel. Located within The Ponds development, Schulz Lake is stocked with largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, brim, crappie and mudfish.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy this family friendly activity. If you’re just introducing your child to fishing, here are some tips from TakeMeFishing.org to make the most of your experience:

  • You don’t necessarily have to use kid-specific gear. An ultra-light spinning or spin casting rod and reel combo is typically easy for kids to handle.
  • Fish don't readily take large hooks so stick with the smaller ones. Tiny hooks allow small fish to take the whole bait, rather than just nibble at the hook.
  • Cut the bait to fit your hook; you don’t need to use the whole squirmy night crawler. In addition to worms, bee moths and crickets make good bait too.
  • A light line (usually a 6-pound test line or less) usually works great, especially for smaller fish.

Don’t forget to check the rules on fishing licenses. An annual freshwater fishing license for South Carolina residents is $10. Children under 16 years old do not need a fishing license. Visit the state Department of Natural Resources fishing page for all the details.

Most importantly, have fun! When fishing with children, don’t worry about how much you catch – or whether you catch anything at all. The idea is to introduce them to something new that doesn’t involve a screen. Use the time together for catching up their lives and enjoying each other’s company.

And don’t feel you need to spend all day at the lake. A couple of hours may be just enough time to get them hooked.

To learn more, visit ThePondsLiving.com or call 877-818-5955.