There’s no better way to introduce your kids to fishing than taking them on one of my family friendly fishing charters. The Tampa Bay, St Petersburg, and Clearwater areas offer an abundance of exciting fishing action for the entire family. Making memories with your children on a family fishing charter is what it’s all about. And when your trip is over, you have pictures to last a lifetime. I have children of my own and they’ve been on the boat literally before they could even walk! They still ask me dad, “when are we going fishing again?”
I asked my son what he wanted to do for his thirteenth birthday and he said he wanted to go shark fishing in Tampa Bay! (look to the right) As a child I remember going to my great grandparents house on the water on Coquina Key in St. Petersburg and they had a boat tied to the dock and I’d always go down and push the horn button just to hear how loud it was. Then my dad would say shhh… your scaring all the fish away from the dock! But then since I scared them away my grandmother would always let me hang out on the dock with chicken necks, string, and a long handled dip net to catch blue crabs for dinner. This kept me entertained for hours! I still to this day have my first Diawa spinning reel that was given to me as a birthday gift from when I was around 8 years old!
I know how to make fishing fun for kids and keep them interested and entertained. Action packed is usually key and keeping them reeling something in constantly will keep them smiling and entertained. However, some children will get on the boat and spend more time playing in the baitwell with the baitfish than fishing (even while the fishing is on fire) and that’s completely fine! When you’re a kid how many times are you allowed to stick your hand in the aquarium at home and pick up the fish? It’s all about exploring and learning! I’ve let my kids throw baitfish over the side because they feel good about releasing them, what they didn’t know is they were actually chumming the fish and it resulted in us catching a tarpon at the bridge once!
I’ll take care of all the baiting hooks, unhooking fish, answering questions, and even casting for them if needed. I also provide instruction in a very patient, calm, and respectful manner that’ll have them catching fish like a pro. This gives mom and dad a chance to fish also or relax and enjoy the day. I like to play charters by ear when it comes to children and fishing. My minimum trip length is four hours. From there we can see how the day is going and if your youngster is getting tired or maybe attention is starting to drift we can head in and call it a day if you choose. Ending a great day on a good note is what we hope for so that they’re always asking “when are we going fishing again?”