5 Tips to Make Your Children’s First Fishing Trip a Memorable One
Family fishing trips around Georgian Bay are a great way to get close to nature and make memories that will last a lifetime. But how do you plan a stress-free experience that is enjoyable for the kids and adults alike? Here are the top five tips for making your kids first fishing trip a fun and memorable occasion.
- Keep it short.
When you are planning a day of fishing for the little ones, be sure to schedule it according to the attention span of the youngest fishers in the group. Usually, three hours is the maximum time you should plan for your first fishing trip to avoid boredom or without risking the team becoming overly tired.
- Let them pack their own gear and tackle.
Many stores have pre-packaged tackle boxes designed for kids. Let your children choose their favorite color or pattern and watch as the excitement and anticipation builds before the trip. Alternatively, you could purchase an empty tackle box and let your kids fill it with your favorite tackle. Take time to explain what the various lures are used for and which ones will be best for their skill-level and the area you will be fishing. If you want to use live bait, try to catch your own. Most kids will love looking under rocks for crickets and digging up grub worms. Remember that fishing is a great way to help kids understand the circle of life.
- Choose the best fishing spot for kids.
Ideally, you want to find a place that is safe and not too crowded. Avoid areas that are frequented by serious anglers, as they may be less than enthusiastic with the added noise. Many beautiful spots in Georgian Bay are ideal for first-time anglers and kids. Muskies are great catches for anglers of all ages because they bite frequently, are present in large numbers, and have a delicious flavor.
Tip – Use a single hook and light line baited with worms, crickets, or small plugs.
- Bring a picnic lunch.
One way to ensure a memorable experience is to take along a picnic spread. Kids love eating outside next to the water. Whether your fishing has been successful, or not, it will surely have worked up an appetite.
- Relax and have fun.
It is rewarding to teach your kid to fish and it’s exciting to witness them reeling in their first fish. Make this a day for laughter and lightheartedness, leaving your competitive nature at home. Be sure to take lots of pictures!
By Jackie Writing Jackie
Two Killarney landmarks now have same new owner
The owners of Killarney Mountain Lodge (KML) have announced their purchase of Killarney’s Sportsman’s Inn Resort & Marina.
The announcement comes on the heels of a major $18 million renovation to the Lodge property, purchased in January 2015.
Holden Rhodes, who has close family ties and vacationed in Killarney growing up, said he bought the landmark Sportsman’s Inn to continue to build on his wish to make a difference in the local community.
“I’m delighted to announce the continuation of my plans to provide as much opportunity to Killarney and bring more economic benefits to the area,” Rhodes said, in a press release.
“My long-term vision is to attract more investment and people. This is not only a business investment, but also an opportunity to benefit Killarney into the future and continue to support renewed economic vitality for current and new residents.
“It’s an honour to showcase these resorts together and build Killarney’s reputation as a natural tourism destination.”
Marc Douris, manager at the Sportsman’s Inn, said he’s excited to move forward in a co-operative relationship.
“I’m delighted to announce that staff at the inn will be retained as we join the Killarney Mountain Lodge family,” he said.
“We are working closely with the management team at Killarney Mountain Lodge to ensure a seamless transition.”
Both the Sportsman’s Inn and Killarney Mountain Lodge will retain separate identities, but will work together to provide visitors will exceptional service.
The Inn will continue to be a legendary landmark destination that offers luxurious accommodations and spa treatments and Killarney Mountain Lodge, constructed as a private executive retreat in the early 1950s, is undergoing its biggest renovation in the property’s history with an $18 million renovation well underway.