Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World” and is the top rated recreational fishing destination. You may be concerned that your kids have never been fishing and they may not like it. Or maybe you don’t have the energy to teach them when you just want a fun and easy adventure. You might be concerned about boating safety with children.

The truth is, fishing with kids is easier and more rewarding than you may think; especially when you have a fishing guide to do most of the heavy lifting! Make new memories on a boating adventure. These are the top reasons to take your kids fishing:

1. Spend quality time outside and unplugged.

Do you ever look at your kids playing on their electronic devices all day or glued to the TV and think “They don’t know what they are missing by not getting outside?” Going on a fishing trip allows you to unplug and take them to an outdoor setting. Plus, you’ll be able to do some quality family bonding – and that benefits everyone.

2. Teach them new skills.

Fishing requires a fair amount of agility and hand-eye coordination. From baiting the hook, to casting and reeling in a great catch, prepare to be impressed at how quickly your kids can learn and master these tasks. Fishing also teaches them how to problem solve and be in the present. The huge smile and confidence when they reel in their first fish is pretty fun to witness, too!

3. Keep them busy.

You may think fishing can be a little boring and require patience. However, there is plenty to do on a boat when you are fishing. As noted above, there are plenty of new skills for them to learn and opportunities to keep them busy. Even when you’re not casting and catching fish, there is the opportunity to keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.

4. Teach them about the environment and best practices.

We previously wrote about the myths of fishing and the environment. The main themes: education and building a habit of getting outside regularly. The more you can get kids on the water and teach them, the greater respect and understanding they will have for the environment and conservation. The future of our resources is in their hands.

5. Catch dinner.

There is nothing more rewarding than catching a fish you can cook up for dinner. Show kids how to properly catch, filet and cook fresh fish, and feel the pride of supplying the family with a delicious dinner!

Taking your kids on a fishing charter can be an unforgettable experience with memories you will all treasure for years to come. Fishing is also a lifetime sport that can provide individuals relaxation, fun and quality time with family and friends.

Why not get them started early? Our captains have all the licenses, equipment, bait, and knowledge to help make fishing with kids the most rewarding experience.

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