Love fishing and want to get your friends or family loving it as much as you do? Well this week is as good of a time as any to get out on the water and start having a ‘reel’ good time. June 2-10 is the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) National Fishing and Boating week which offers a plethora of opportunities for you to help get your children, friends, or spouse into fishing.
Over the next week most states will offer free fishing days to fishers and boaters, which allows anglers to fish without a license for the day. This is an excellent opportunity for fisherman who may already have a license, but want to get their friends or family out fishing and experiencing all that it has to offer. This is an especially great opportunity for the youngsters. According to the Outdoor foundation (per dailyboater.com), the average child spends 35 hours a week in front of the television, while only 25% of school aged children are participating in daily physical activity. According to the RBFF, fishing is seen as a top gateway activity that could help a child along in having a more healthy and active lifestyle. Fishing can open doors to the outdoors and help children see that not all fun has to be in front of a television set.
Sometimes learning to fish while on the lake can make the task seem even harder than it has to be. Having a young child swing a pole with a sharp hook on it with no prior practice can be dangerous. One way to help a child learn to cast before they even hit the lake is with the Backyard Bass casting targets from savvyboater.com. Since the casting plugs (which replace the lure and “catch” the fish) are plastic, they’re much safer than a treble hook for younger children learning how to fish and are a great way to introduce the sport in a low pressure situation.
There are also fishing education classes offered throughout the week so that adults and children can learn more about fishing and get started out on the right foot. So no matter what your experience level is, there’s no better time than National Fishing and Boating week to introduce your friends and family to a sport that you love and will get them outside and enjoying the water. For more information check out the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s website at takemefishing.org.