"Do yourself a favor, take a kid fishing," was the slogan of a popular TV sportsman show in the late 70's. In this era of game stations, social media, and other diversions; the slogan is probably more important now than it was back then. It is very easy to just drop kids in front of screens and do nothing else as they entertain themselves. But, taking the time to teach a boy or girl to fish has benefits that USB plug-n-play devices cannot give.
Get them started early
There is great satisfaction in catching one's own meal. Sure, a fast food place can give a burger and fries.But,children take pride in knowing they know how to get the main ingredient for a home made fish filet sandwich. And they will know what kind of fish they are eating in the first place.
Pan-fishing is more fun than Play-Stations
Catching a variety of fish is far more interesting than looking at pictures in a guidebook or online.Being able to hold a little bluegill or large spotted sea troutencourages a child to wonder, "Is there another one like that? Is there a bigger one?" The sense of wonder leads them to keep fishing and fish again when possible.
A catch produces a smile
Fishing is a great way to teach a child how to be prepared and choose the right gear. The sporting goods section of the store has tons of shiny rods and reels and neat looking lures. But, the best fishermen don't buy anything and everything they see. Teaching kids to think about what they need for the trip can be just as important as being on the water.
There is nothing like a girl's first fish
If you are in the Williamsburg area, York River State Park is a great place to take a kid fishing. Our 7-acre Woodstock Pond has bass, bluegill, and crappie. Or, try your luck at the Croaker Landing pier with croaker, spot, and other saltwater species. Either way, boys and girls will enjoy learning new skills, eating fresh food, and spending time with adults who care enough to share this great sport with them.
He'll be back soon
Directions to York River State Park: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.