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DO'S AND DON'TS OF FISHING WITH KIDS
KETCHUM, Okla. - Psst. Mom, Dad. If you're ready to take the little
in your house on his or her first fishing trip, here are three words
Just have fun.
That's the main message in a series of do's and don'ts prepared by Hooked
Fishing International (HOFI). HOFI is the expert on the subject of
kids fishing. Every year the Ketchum, Okla. organization, host of the
Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby, puts on more than 1,800 fishing
events for 300,000 kids in all 50 states.
The reward for a successful trip easily outweigh the risk of failure.
your little angler have a good time, maybe even catch a fish, is a
significant reward, to be sure. But, the real reward for parents is
that a successful trip could become the spark that fires a lifetime
fishing, the back-to-nature platform that teaches respect for the land,
water and everything that lives. It follows, too, that some of those
will be family fishing trips that build a store of shared experiences
To up the chances for success on your young anglers outing, HOFI
suggests you consider the following guidelines.
§ Do use live bait to increase the chances of catching a fish.
catching a fish does not make the difference between a fun or lousy
the thrill of feeling a fish on the line will just about guarantee
little angler will want to come back for more. For safety's sake,
should handle putting the worms and minnows on sharp hooks. Incidentally,
HOFI records show that worms and minnows catch 80 percent of the fish
Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derbies.
§ Don't ever forget to bring lots of delicious snacks. As you
probably know, a hungry tummy trumps just about everything. Keep wet
on hand for use before and after snacks.
§ Do give the child his own fishing outfit, a gesture that will
this day even more memorable for the adults and child. There is a practical
aspect to this, too. For short anglers, short rods are easier to handle.
§ Do bring a camera and shoot lots of pictures. This day will live
the memory for a long time but the details will come flooding back,
generation later, when you haul out the family photo album.
§ Also, do bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and first aid basics.
§ Don't drive too far. The object is to minimize the times back
auto passengers ask the front seat, "Are we there yet?"
§ Don't fish too long. Leave a little fishing desire in the bank
the next fishing trip.
One more time, remember, have fun and keep it simple!
These are the same do's and don'ts that HOFI dispenses to the adult
volunteers and parents who plan and supervise local events in the Wal-Mart
Kids All-American Fishing Derby program. Parents can go to the official
site - www.kids-fishing.com -- to find the derby closest to them. The
Locator section also provides the phone number of the local derby contact
call for additional information
Organizations interested in hosting an event in 2004 can register on
site. HOFI provides a free kit which contains all of the items necessary
put on a local derby, including, an organizer handbook, prizes and
for each derby participant. In addition to Wal-Mart, the events are
and supported by Bar-S Foods Company; Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum; Eagle
EverStart Batteries; FishingWorld.com; Fujifilm; ConAgra Foods; Johnson
Johnson First Aid Pocket Pals; Kellogg’s; Kraft Foods; Laker Fishing
Tackle; Berkley Trilene and Berkley PowerBait; and Zebco.
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