Gather Your Gear
Your kid’s first fishing trip is not the time to go out and buy expensive gear.
Start them out with the simple stuff, because it’s very likely they’ll toss their rod in the water and you’re going to wish you bought that cheap Pixar one instead of a name brand one.
You want it easy-to-use, light-weight and short enough for them to handle. If they’re cheap enough, buy an extra one for that inevitable moment when it breaks or (again, we can’t stress this enough) gets thrown in the water. We don’t know why, it seems crazy to us, but they just do it sometimes.
The next thing to get is the proper bait and lures. For kids, think a loaf of bread or worms from the yard. You can also try plastic worms or curly tail grub from the bait shop. All of which will work great on basic fish found in smaller lakes, creeks, and streams.
Add in a few bobbers and sinkers, cheap enough you don’t mind parting with, then the rest of your pack should look like a day hike. Snacks, drinks, water, sunscreen, bugspray, first-aid kit, hats, and sunglasses. Since you’ll be sitting by the water, grab a few lifejackets for each child just in case. Throw a few coloring books or toys in there in case their mind starts to wander.
Also, since you’ll be handling fish, it’s important to wash up, so keep a supply of moist towelettes or hand sanitizer in your tackle box.