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Gifts to Get Your Children into Fishing

One of the happiest days in the life of a fishing enthusiast happens when his or her kids accompany him or her on a fishing trip and fall in love with the sport. Many of us learned as kids how to love fishing, and we are hoping our kids will follow the same arc. After all, how many father-son or mother-daughter bonding experiences are better than sharing each other’s stories, company – and hopefully, fish! – on a warm and sunny fishing trip in the late spring

If you think your child is old enough to catch the fishing bug, then turn this holiday season into the planting of the seeds. Obviously, you can’t force your kids into loving what you love about fishing, but with the gifts outlined below, you can at least give them a friendly and loving nudge in the right direction.

Shakespeare Rod and Reel Kids’ Fishing Kits: Shakespeare is one of our favorite fishing companies, and this collection of kid friendly rod and reel kits is a perfect example of why. Kids will love the different kit themes that Shakespeare has to offer, including rods and reels branded after Toy Story, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Star Wars, and Disney Princesses (and more). Each rod and reel kit balances the look of a toy with the function of a tool for teaching fishing basics. At only $14.99 apiece, these kits are a great way to lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of fishing.

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Learning Resources Pretend & Play Fishing Set for Kids: Since Christmas falls in the winter, and since most kids probably wouldn’t appreciate the thrills of ice fishing – frankly, it’s too cold – you may want to go a different route for getting your child into fishing. Kid-friendly fishing rods, reels, tackle, and other gear can make great gifts, but kids might be a bit disappointed if you give them a Christmas gift that they can’t use for months on account of the weather.

With that in mind, this Learning Resources fishing play set ($24.99) includes a tackle box, a magnetic fishing pole and fish, a fishing vest, and an activity/coloring book. This play set will have your son or daughter pretending to be an angler all winter, so don’t be surprised if they want to come fishing with you for real come spring.

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Tackle Boxes: If you do decide to go more for “real” or “practical” fishing gear for your child’s start-up fishing gift this Christmas, then buying them their first tackle box – and helping them to stock it – can be a fun gift and a great opportunity for bonding.

For boys, the Plano “takemefishing” Tackle Box ($16.99) is a great introductory choice. This box is durable and spacious, with a grey and red design that we could easily see kids using for years – even as they grow up.

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For girls, the Shakespeare Little Disney Princess box ($10.99) brings bright pink and purple colors – as well as your daughter’s favorite Disney film characters – along for the fishing adventure. It doesn’t have quite the growth potential of the Plano “takemefishing” box, but it’s durable enough, and we’d almost guarantee that the little princess in your life will love it.

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Gifts to Get Your Children into Fishing