Angling - fishing with a hook and line - is a popular Australian pastime, particularly on a sunny afternoon. Since primitive times people have caught fish to eat and this habit has evolved over the years into both a relaxing leisure pursuit and a fiercely competitive sport that appeals to adults and kids alike.
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Will Your Kids Enjoy Angling?
Do you ever wish your kids would just sit down and keep quiet for a while? If you are looking for fun and educational outdoor activities for kids that can also help promote good water sense and increase confidence why not give fishing a go?
The benefits of taking your kids fishing could include:
- Teaches kids on marine wildlife and protecting our waterways
- A chance to get out into nature - particularly advantageous for city kids
- Relaxing and a great way to spend quality time with your children
- Encourages respect for the environment
There are a number of different locations you can fish in, and whether you choose a river, the lake or the sea, it can be a fun and healthy family outing.
Kids love to spend time with their parents and if you have the kind of child who enjoys being outdoors and is capable of sitting quietly for a period of time, fishing can be a great kids activity and a bonding experience for everyone. Very young children may struggle to focus for long so fishing may not be suitable for them but once they can hold a rod, many kids enjoy having a go and you might be surprised how long they can concentrate for.
How to Organise Angling Activities with Your Kids
Before you take your kids angling it is important to check that fishing is permitted in your intended destination. Make sure you comply with any permit requirements and read up on what you are and aren't allowed to catch. You will need to make sure you have the right equipment or tackle including:
- Fishing rod with a line and reel (used to catch the fish and wind it in)
- Lures or baits (to attract the fish)
For those looking for a more formal experience, there are a number of angling clubs around Australia which can offer fishing trips and tuition as well as competitions and social events for anybody who is keen. Angling lessons can begin as young as 3 years of age and they usually cost around $10-$20 per lesson with a yearly club subscription (roughly $50 depending on the club).
Regardless of whether you are taking your kids to an angling club or just to the local river for the afternoon don't forget your sunscreen, hats and plenty of food and water.