Location — If ﬁshing from shore, ﬁnd an easily accessible area so your child doesn’t tire out before the fun even begins. Fishing onboard your Whaler is a great way to limit exhaustion and a perfect place to take frequent breaks.
Tackle — There are a variety of simple, short rods designed speciﬁcally for pint-sized piscators. (Even toddler fishing gear is available.) This cuts down on frustration and can help kids feel connected to the sport.
Safety — Fishing safety for kids starts with the most important item of gear: a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), or life jacket. Find your child a PFD that fits snugly and doesn't constrict their movement. Another must: Sunscreen!
Clothing — Dress for the weather, but plan ahead for comfort. Even if the forecast is for hot sun, it never hurts to pack rain gear or a windbreaker, warm layers in fleece or wool, and a spare pair of sneakers and socks to keep kids' feet warm and dry.