Maybe you’re hitting the later parts of your life, or your child is getting a bit older, and you just want to get them out of the house and enjoy the natural waterways that made such a massive impact on your own life so many years ago? Well, the best way to do that is a good old-fashioned father/son fishing trip.
Obviously, you don’t need to let the title fool you. Any parent-child relationship can benefit greatly from heading out on the water and connecting with nature for a bit.
Today, before you rush out to grab your rods and pull your kid away from their TVs and tablets, we want to give you a few pointers to make the trip one that neither of you will ever forget.
1: Get a 2-Person Kayak
Fishing from the banks is perfectly fine, but there’s something about having unlimited freedom to traverse the water that enhances a basic fishing trip and turns it into something remarkable.
The problem is, that fishing boats are expensive, and they require a lot of skill to get into some of the best, and tightest, fishing spots.
A 2-person kayak is a perfect way to get out onto the water without taking on a second mortgage or having to learn how to drive an entirely new type of vehicle. You just get your life vest on, hop in, and start paddling. Not to mention, its smaller stature makes it perfect for getting into those tight, shallow coves that tend to be the homes of trophy-sized fish.
2: Plan the Long Route
On a normal fishing trip, most people just pick a spot they’re going to visit, head there, and stay put until it’s time to come home. If you’re going to make it the trip of a lifetime, think a bit bigger.
Picking a steady river system that’s safe to kayak on at your skill level and traveling down it for the entire weekend is an entirely new adventure. Just make sure to bring float-along packs so you can store your gear, and check local regulations to plan out your camping spots.
3: Castable Fish Finder
Fishing the old-fashioned way can be a blast, but when you’re already exerting a ton of energy traveling along a river system, you don’t want to waste your energy stopping every five seconds to manually check a spot for fish. You can waste a lot of time, miss your planned checkpoints, and spend the energy you’ll need to get through the rest of the trip.
So, we recommend a castable fish finder. You can tie one to your rod and cast it like you would a lure, or you can tie it to your boat and let it bob behind you as you row. The fish finder will send its scan results back to your smartphone in real-time, and you can stop when you’re actually likely to get some action; making the most out of every stop.