There are hundreds of thousands of avid fishermen in North America and many of them spend a lot of time dreaming about their next fishing trip. Most fishermen generally go fishing with a couple buddies and often have a few favorite locations. It can often be challenging for them to find a week or weekend for a fishing trip.
One way to solve this problem is to plan to take your family fishing instead of your friends. It is much easier to plan around the schedule for one family and you will receive many added benefits such as being able to teach your kids about your passion and spending more quality family time while also doing something you love.
In order to make sure that your family fishing trip is successful and memorable, it’s important to consider the needs of everyone involved. First and foremost you will have to pick a good fishing lake with drive in access. A remote boat-in or fly-in location is not likely to work except with older teenagers. You will also want to ensure that the fishing resort you choose is relatively close to some good fishing areas. This is especially important if you have young kids as they won’t normally want to spend too long in the boat and you can maximize your fishing time if the good fishing spots are not far from where you are staying.
It is also very important to select a fishing resort that has facilities that are appropriate for families. Some of the most important features could include a safe, shallow, weed-free swimming area, a good playground and on site supplies such as bait and ice cream or candy. There are some other important factors related to the site to consider such as the layout of the cottages on the site and your cottage’s location with respect to the beach, docks and playground. Other cottage specific things such as screened in porches and sleeping arrangements may also factor in to your decision making.
Your next step should be to consider the ages and abilities of your kids and make sure that you have the right fishing gear. Kids are often eager to learn and do things for themselves so make sure you have appropriate rods and reels that they will be able to handle. Also try to plan your first few trips during times when the fishing is a little easier. Nothing will ensure a child learns to love fishing like being able to catch a lot of fish.
You should also consider your spouse’s needs. Depending on their interest in this sort of trip, you can either give them a relaxing weekend at home without the kids or you need to make sure that anything that might be important to them is taken care of. This could include things such as the kitchens, bathrooms and beds in the cottages to the quality of the beach and swimming area to the location of the nearest liquor store.
By including your family in your fishing trips and making sure they enjoy themselves, you will ensure that they learn to love fishing as much as you do and that will ultimately lead to more fishing trips for you.