Whatever our role with any kidswe teach the genteel art of fishing to,first and foremost should be toteach careful handling of any fish they catch.
Most of us remember our first ever rod caught fish flapping and gulping for water in front of us. Those of us who were lucky to be young at this point probably had the instinct to hold up our trophy with both hands. The chances we dropped it or it slipped almost surely sealed its doom.
Today, we are wasting so many small or non-edible fish, so sustainability is good to keep in mind when passing on our skills to the young.
Also, there are not many sports where the prize involves bludgeoning it to death. Depending on how this ceremony is performed and witnessed it can cause long lasting trauma. Demonstrating the technique should be bothsubtle and humane.
The survivors they mayreturn stand a much better chance of fattening to fight another day if kids learn thattheir ecstatic little fingers burn fish and that wetting their hands first or using the nearest clump of grass as an insulator alsogives a better grip around the slimier species.Other techniques such astentative disgorging, placing rather than throwing, holding the lure andshaking the fish off either in the water or close to its surface areother excellent wisdoms to instil.
The organization, safe assemblage of tackle, casting and other techniques of our sport are down to us and what best suits them. Kids can also learn a lot fishing knowledge before they set foot on the banks, boats or shores by playing free online fishing games. Studying fishing tackle tips, fishing videos and fishing regulations, should produce wiser, more ethical anglers everywhere.