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Updated: 11/09/2017 08:30:01AM

How to get kids started fishing

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By Capt. Van Hubbard

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How do we introduce children to the outdoor world? First, they have short attention spans and must stay entertained. If they don’t have fun, they’ll remember; so be sure they enjoy these first memories if you want them to go again. What you’re going to do should be determined before you set out, so take some time to make a game plan. Consider the kids’ ages and any previous experience they already have. It’s not about catching a big one — it’s all about fun!

I’ve done this many times, so here are some of my proven winners. I’m just meeting many of my younger guests, so first I take a few minutes to get acquainted. What does she like? How much time do I have to get her hooked on our great outdoors? What’s catching her eye as we start out? Is she fascinated by the ride? Birds? Dolphins? Once I know what she’s interested in, we can explore her interests.

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