Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day but teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. That is the wisest line you can give to any person you are introducing to the sport and no matter what age. It is self-explanatory to most of us but to a few beginners fishing is not always their cup of tea. The easiest and best method will be to boost their enthusiasm with as many possibilities for connecting with fish from the outset. Put and take waters allow for plenty of this, as well as your own tried and tested waters.
Casting, knot tying and handling baits are often the most annoying often irritating parts to anyone attempting the sport for the first time, so minimizing these and focusing on the playing and landing of fish will definitely fire up the senses of any newbie.Snags are another problematic area of teaching fishing to others so avoid them wherever you can.
Using a bobber on a pole, or even a light spincast set up to build up their confidence is an excellent method to begin with. Methods vary in casting, but overhead casts minimizesnags and accidentsso make sure there are no obvious obstacles overhead or between the you and the fish. Practice in advance at a local park or field and create targets for fishing games similar to darts. Using the equipment they will fish on with crank bait, water filled bubble float or spoon, minus the fishing hooks of course, can be lots of fun for everyone.
Unfortunately, we don’t always catch fish, so pointing out tell tale marks of fish feeding, insects, or even bird species will feed the real fishing wannabes for a lifetime.