Basic Fishing Gear To Get Your Kid Started

Posted on: 1 April 2015

Fishing is a hobby that is passed down from parent to child. If your child has started to show an interest in going fishing with you, it may be time to set them up with their own gear. Adult gear is generally too heavy and large for young kids to handle correctly on their own. By purchasing them some gear that is more their size, they can start to fish on their own right beside you.

The key to purchasing gear for your child is to keep it small and light. You don't want to weigh your child down with more gear than they can handle. If your child can carry and handle their gear on their own, it will increase their confidence and allow them to have a little more fun while fishing with you.

Rod & Reel

Since your child is going to continue to grow, don't spend a lot of money investing in a high-end rod and reel for them at this point.

An entry-level child's rod is all that they need. Let the associates at the store know how tall your child is, and how much your child weighs. They will use that information to help you choose an entry-level rod that will be easy for your child to handle on their own.


It is easy to forget how heavy fishing line is when you are an adult. Remember, the heavier the line is that you put on your child's rod and reel, the more difficult it may be for them to use it.

Keep the line light, and use either a four or six pound line. A four or six pound line is strong enough that it would not break if your child caught a small fish, and light enough for them to handle on their own.

Hook, Weight And Bobber

Once again, the key is to keep it simple and light with the hook, weight and bobber. Attach a small, simple hook to the end of your child's line. A small hook will allow your child to easily catch a small fish. They may even be able to reel in a medium-sized fish with a small hook.

Then, put your smallest split shot eight above the hook. Don't use a really heavy one, this may add too much weight to your child's line and make it hard for them to cast.

Finally, add a bobber that is big enough to hold up the weight you attached to the line.

If you follow the instructions above, your child should be able to easily handle their own fishing pole. Now you just need to teach your child how to correctly use their rod and pass on the secrets you learned from your parents about fishing.

For any extra help, talk with an expert shop, like Berry's Bait & Tackle Ltd