If you’re a keen angler, one of the best experiences you can have as a parent is sharing your love of the outdoors and fishing with your kids.

Involving kids from a young age is a great way to get them loving the outdoors as much as you do and it’s amazing how much knowledge they pick up just by watching you. You’ll soon work out if they’re keen or not; from the questions they ask and how fast they learn.

It’s important to start with the basics don’t try and rush them straight into specialist angling techniques such as flyfishing or light line lure casting as this will most likely result in deterring them from continuing. Fishing from piers for garfish, mullet, yellowtail or other high number / easy caught fish makes good sense to keep them excited and interested enough to want to come back. Similarly, fishing for easy caught freshwater fish such as redfin and carp is a better starting point than throwing them in the deep end first up!

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) regularly stocks smaller lakes and ponds close to built up areas with catchable size rainbow trout in the lead up to school holidays. These locations offer a great opportunity for kids to target some easily caught fish, they are called FAMILY FISHING LAKES, and a full list of waters, what’s been stocked and when, can be found at www.dpi.vic.gov/fisheries.

State and local governments, along with input from local angling clubs actively identify productive fishing areas where fishing platforms can be constructed to enable all anglers, but especially those with mobility problems, and young children areas to fish in safety. The locations of these fishing platforms can be found by making enquiries at regional information centres or by making enquiries at tackle shops etc.

Pier fishing

is almost a right of passage for a fisher in Australia. I can remember as a young bloke being allowed to travel by train with a couple of mates down to Port Melbourne in Victoria, and fish off Station Pier well into the night for metre long barracouta.

They offer a great place for young kids to mingle with older anglers in what should be a safe environment. Many of these old timers fish almost everyday of the week, and often get a kick out of little tackers asking questions. If you take your child with you to these spots, keep an eye on them but let them watch how others fish and rig up including, how they clean fish, what species they throw back etc. It can be a great learning experience for you and your child.

Trout farms

offer catch and pay facilities where you have lots of fish (usually rainbow trout) in abundance, often in pleasant surrounds, and where you are supplied with rods, reels and kit already rigged to catch a fish. These facilities offer a chance for people of all ages, who haven’t fished before to give it a go without the expense of purchasing all the tackle that would normally be required to go after ‘wild’ fish, which are usually far harder to catch.

If your kids seem to be keen fishers, a basic rod, reel and line combo is a great gift, especially before heading off on family holidays near water.

Take a kid fishing. Teach them at a young age about fishing and the outdoors and for the most part they’ll carry at least a hint of that passion into their own grown up years.

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