Tips for Maximizing your Family Fishing Time

When it comes to family fishing time, especially with kids, you can’t spend the whole day in it. As experts recommend, a couple of hours are more than enough for fishing with kids. Staying entire day casting and catching fish may prove quite fatiguing and boring for kids. Most of the parents do not dare to give a try to the idea of fishing with kids. The reason is simple; they do not want to go fishing for such a short period. The matter seems quite tricky. All you need is good planning, and you can manage a good family fishing trip. Like every other problem, we have the solution for it as well. There are certain tips by following which you can have fun within this short span of time. Take a look.

Well-Organized Fishing Equipment

All the fishing tools and equipment that you are going to use should be properly arranged in the fishing tray or container. Your fishing lures, tools, and rods should be organized according to size, type and target species. The purpose is simple, once you are at the fishing spot, you would not have to spend time in getting the things sorted.

For example, a telescopic fishing rod could give you more space, thanks to its portability and flexibility.

Pre-Rig your Fishing Rods

The night before your family fishing trip must be utilized to get all the things done. It’s the best time that you rig the rods ready for casting. Doing it would also save a lot of time that you were going to waste otherwise. You can pre-arrange a couple of rods for top water bite, a few for mid-water, or with soft plastic lures for deeper water. As it’s a family fishing trip, you can also arrange a few rods for kids. For kids arranging kid’s friendly bobber and bait, ready hook setups are going to save a lot of time.

Be Fuel Ready

Make sure you are fuel ready a day before going to the trip. If you leave that on the exact day of the trip, it will waste your time as well as energy. When we talk of the fuel, it’s not just the fuel for the truck or car that you are going to ride to the lake. Keeping your fisherman fuel ready is also quite important. It is highly recommended to keep each and everything ready a day before. Things are going to be far easier this way.

Food, Water, and Snacks

Obviously, you can’t go there without having all these edible items. Especially with kids, you have to have the best and kid’s favorite things with you. This may include juices, water bottles, sandwiches, and snacks to enjoy. All of it should be purchased and packed a day before the fishing trip.

Complete your Home Tasks

Many home tasks must be done before you set out. Make sure you have done all that a day before. These tasks may include, your kid’s homework (above all), mowing the lawn and other household duties.

Keep your Stuff Prepared

There are a lot of accessories that are supposed to accompany you for the safety of your kids and family. All of that must be purchased earlier. If you will buy them on the very day, it is going to waste a lot of time. These things include; a first-aid kit, a whistle (in the case of emergency), raincoat, compass and so on.

Do you have your Fishing License?

You can’t fish without your fishing license. Can you? Once your family has decided to have a fishing trip, being the head of the family, it’s your responsibility to get your fishing license, if you don’t have it. If it’s expired, get it renewed. The reason is simple; no state allows fishing without a license. Doing so is considered a crime. Make sure, with each and everything; you have your fishing license.


These are the very basic things that you can easily do to have a well-planned and well-managed family fishing trip. Everything is in your hands. Once you have done all of it, you can give the best fishing hours to your kids and family, where your children are surely going to learn a lot.

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Laurie - December 11, 2016

I think fishing is a fun activity for families. Planning is important – need to pick a place to go, pick a day that you can relax and have fun, pack the essentials, etc. It is important to check the weather before going fishing and essential to check to see if you need a permit. Great information and tips, thanks for sharing!

Reeses Fish Hunt - April 10, 2017

Great tips. Especially the fishing licence advice. Can’t remember how many times I wanted to go fishing, only to be told that I cannot because I didn’t have a license with me. Annoying? Yes, but I guess these regulations help us fishermen and wildlife from harm.

James Austin - April 15, 2017

Yeah,Fishing with family is a great entertainment. When i read over the post, I go back my past family fishing. Thanks for such kind of reality post .Have a fishing year .

Zequek Estrada - June 27, 2017

I’m actually not a big fan of fishing. However, I want to surprise my husband with a fishing trip since he’s always asking me to come along. It’s good to know that organization is essential since this mentioned that there’ll probably be no time to sort everything out when we are at the fishing spot.

Chris Winters - June 28, 2017

I can definitely see why you would want to keep all of your fishing equipment organized in order to make your experience much more enjoyable. My wife and I have always wanted to have an exciting family fishing trip, so I think that we should begin planning by getting all of the proper equipment and choosing a precise location.

Marcus Coons - July 11, 2017

Thank you so much for reminding me that we need a fishing license to fish without worries. We are planning a fishing trip in a few weeks and want to make sure we have everything ready to make the most of the time. It is important to remember that taking the time to understand what type of fish you will be dealing with can help you have all the gear you need to have a fun time and get as many bites as you can.

Brynne Jones - July 28, 2017

I like how you mentioned keeping your fishing tools organized. It makes sense how it would save you time once you get to a fishing spot. My husband has been wanting new fishing equipment for his upcoming birthday. If he gets the equipment, keeping it organized could save him a lot of time.

Amanda Drew - September 20, 2017

That’s a good tip to make sure that you organize your fishing things by their target species, type, and size. My husband has gotten it into his head that our whole family should go fishing. That’s what his family would do with his grandparents when he was young. Now, he was pretty young when they did that, so he does not remember how to fish. We will have to find a guided fishing experience to teach us how to do everything.

Spencer Montgomery - September 28, 2017

My friends and I will be going fishing for the first time, next weekend. It’s nice that I saw your post because I like the tips you’ve shared. We’ll certainly make sure that we’re fuel ready for our fishing trip. Thanks for sharing this!

Katie Dunn - September 30, 2017

My family and I really want to go on a fishing trip, and so I appreciate your tip about licenses. My husband has a license for the state that we live in. However, would the rest of us need to get licensed? Also, I’d be interested in knowing if licenses from one state are valid in others.

Brent F. - October 5, 2017

These are great tips. My favorite is the part about food and snacks. I love to eat. My grandfather and I used to go fishing a lot before he passed away. Made some great memories.

Roger Middleton - October 17, 2017

I liked that you had mentioned that in order to get the most out of a fishing trip that it can be helpful to pre-rig your fishing rods to save you time while out on the water. I’ve been wanting to take my son on a fishing trip for a while but we haven’t had the time up until now. Once I can get it okayed with my son and wife, maybe I’ll look into going on a long trip to somewhere unique like costa rica, hopefully, I can find a company that will work and I’ll be pre-rigging for sure.

Mark Finch - October 23, 2017

Thank you for your article on how to get the most out of our family fishing time. My dad and I are planning to go on a fishing trip and even considered bringing my mom along with us. I like how you talked about securing a fishing license first before fishing anywhere. I never knew that it is a requirement. I’ll definitely ask my dad to get us one before we go fishing.

Robert - November 6, 2017

I still remember I used to have a long fishing trip with my family. After coming from the trip we all used to feel exhausted and could not work for the next day. Now we go for the short and effective trip with everything pre-planned.
The tips that you gave are very basic yet very effective. People take these tips for granted and have a bad fishing experience. Great work. I really liked the article.

flannel - November 21, 2017

I am fishermen my my wife and child also love fishing.Every weekend they come with me and helps me during fishing.

Andrew Smith - January 17, 2018

I always go to fishing with my son he always help me to catch a big cat fish

David - January 24, 2018

Great Tips, trip with family is always wonderful. I always try to spend time with my family for shopping and travel. Never think about go a fishing trip with family especially with my kids.

Fishing is technical job for casting line, retrieving,set hooks landing fish and more. I think your fishing with kid is good idea but you did not mention any safety tips for the kids.

Thanks for your tips again.

Ridley Fitzgerald - February 26, 2018

Thanks for the tips for going on a family fishing trip. I like how you said that to organize all of our fishing equipment. I’ve never taken my family before, so we probably need to buy extra lures and tools, and then we need to organize them!

Grizil - March 19, 2018

Fishing with rod need lot of patient and it is fun and exciting what and which fish will be there soon. It’s amazing and really fun while fishing with lot of people. great tips up there keep up the good work.

Deb Pearl - April 10, 2018

Thank you for all the tips for maximizing your families fishing time. My kids really like to fish, and we want to do more activities together. I really like your tip about including a first-aid kit and a whistle, raincoats, a compass, more when going on trips. I think that would be a good idea.

Tracy - April 11, 2018

Great article and really enjoyed the read. We already implemented most of the tips but its always good to keep learning. Going fishing with the family will create some truly everlasting memories.

Joy Butler - April 17, 2018

Fishing time is family time, awesome tips! Just had an experience on fishing wherein we forgot to check if we still have fuel in going back to port. It’s a good thing that another boat has passed by and helped us in reaching the mini port. We’ll surely keep these reminders with us once we go back on fishing.

James Anderson - April 24, 2018

I totally agree when you said that fishing time can be maximized if one will rig their rods ready for casting. I want to go on a fishing trip but I don’t want to spend most of my time just prepping the rod. I’ll definitely do this before the fishing day. Also, I will seek the assistance of fishing guides situated in the area where I want to fish so that I can have a significant haul of fish for the day and make all the prepared rods worth it.


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