Fishing Tips & Styles: A Beginner’s Guide for Families

Engaging in a fun, recreational activity like fishing with your family is a time well-spent. Wondering where to get started? Here are some Fishing tips, different fishing styles, gear, and supplies you will need: a Beginner’s Guide for families and first-timers.

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Imagine going out at dawn on the lake to wet a line with your kids, having breakfast by the shore while watching the sunrise, experiencing the excitement of having your first catch—every moment is a precious one with fishing together with your family.

Is it your first time going out on a fishing trip with your family? Lucky you, because in this article, we will list everything you need to know—from gears, styles to fishing tips—all you need to know to plan a fishing trip with your kids.

Let’s dive in!

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Our first fly fishing experience

Beginner’s Guide & Fishing Tips

Check the weather

To plan is half of the work of having a successful fishing trip. First and one of the most fishing tips, check weather conditions on your scheduled date. Weather plays a vital role in a successful fishing experience, as fish are cold-blooded. The best fishing weather happens during dusk or dawn.

Choose a Location

Next, choose a location. There are locations best for families who are new to fishing. For instance, you may consider checking if your local city or state offers free fishing days then plan around that schedule. You can also visit a fishing seminar close to home to learn the ropes of angling together with your family.

By any chance, if one family member has been fishing for years, then you can go anywhere you want to go!

Remember: some states in the US require fishing requirements, so make sure to check if there are specific fishing protocols within your state. Make sure you have a current fishing license for the state you will be fishing in. Licenses are sold online or at fishing shops and sometimes in convenience stores.

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How to find Good Fishing spots Near Me?

Lakes are a great option when you’re just starting out. Usually, there is a bank or dock to fish from. We love to visit Texas State Parks near us for some fishing. Talk to local fishing experts to find good places near you. Or better yet hire an expert.

When we were visiting Vail, Colorado the whole family tried Fly fishing for the first time. It was so much fun standing in the water, learning to cast the “fly” while enjoying the sounds of nature and views of the mountain. I even managed to catch a Rainbow trout, with the help of fly fishing experts of course!

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Catching that First Fish is an exhilarating experience

Mr. Suburbia and D went freshwater fishing in the Snake River in Jackson, Wyoming. It was from a small boat they had rented and had such a fun time.

Ice fishing in Canada is on our wish list 🙂 Have you heard this fishing style??

Choose the right fishing method

Did you know that there are many ways to catch fish? The proper fishing method depends on where you are and what type of species you’re pursuing. Listed below are five common styles of fishing that the whole family can try out:

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Fishing Styles

Fly fishing

This type of fishing technique where the bait, which often looks like a fly, is casted on the water surface. Fly fishing is practiced to make it seem like an insect has landed on top of the water or slightly below the water surface. When fly fishing, you are casting a lightweight “fly” on top of the water. The position of the bait has to be very delicate not to scare the fish.

Surf casting

A primarily saltwater fishing method involves fishing from the shoreline. And since it’s done from the shore, anglers need to make long casts to catch fish, using poles of up to 18 feet long for better leverage. Surf casting requires a two-handed casting technique, which is recommended for families who know advanced fishing skills and techniques.

Ice fishing

This technique involves fishing through the holes in the ice on a frozen river or freshwater lake. This is perfect for locations that are cold enough to freeze the water surface. Casting is not required, so anglers simply drop the line into the hole using a short pole. Ice fishing makes a great winter family bonding experience.

Saltwater fishing

This type of fishing is practiced from a beach, pier, off rocks, or from a boat. It’s more challenging than freshwater fishing, as it requires more experience and advanced gears, particularly those vulnerable to rust.

Freshwater fishing

Arguably the common style for recreational fishing, freshwater fishing involves casting a line into a lake, river, stream, creek, or pond. The most common species you’ll catch are bass, crappie, catfish, and panfish. This laid-back approach to fishing is recommended for beginners.

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D freshwater fishing in Snake River, Jackson, WY

Basic Fishing Gear

First time fishing? Along with these tips, you’ll have to scoop up essential fishing equipment that will put your fishing trip to success:

Rod & Reel – This combination is a must-have for every angler. While there are many types of rods & reels, it’s best to keep it simple for novice anglers. A medium action rod for 8 to 20lb line will give you a great head start for catching fish species in lakes and rivers. For the reel, a spinning reel works best for beginners.

Line – There are three main kinds of line: fluorocarbon, braided, and monofilament. The latter is the most ideal for beginners due to its versatility and affordability.

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Ms. Peachy’s first fishing trip 🙂 She loved her purple fishing rod

Live bait – Baits will depend on what fish species you are planning to catch, but nightcrawlers are the best bet since most fish love them. Minnows and worms work great when fishing on lakes and rivers, while shellfish baits are better for saltwater fishing.

Tackle – There are three different types of tackles that first-time anglers need to include in their arsenal: hooks, floats, and weights. Make sure you have at least two of each.

Lure – If you don’t have access to live baits, lures will do the trick. They come in several styles, colors, and types, so ask your local fishing store to provide what best suits your fishing needs.

Pro Fishing Tip: Before you go on your first fishing trip, learn a few basic knots so that you can attach your hook or lure to your line.

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Other essentials to pack for your Fishing Trip

A few other essentials you should pack for your fishing trip include the following:

  • Fish net
  • Drinking water
  • Cooler bags
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap
  • Rainwear
  • Garbage bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes
  • First aid kit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Floaters for kids

Fish Safely

Now that you’re all set for your next fishing trip, make sure to practice safety fishing measures with your family. For instance, always make sure your kids are wearing floating accessories when on or near the water. Let your kids watch you how to fish first before involving them in the act.


Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Take a lot of pictures and help them gain a sense of pride, confidence, and self-esteem. Have a great and safe time on your trip!

Author Bio:
Kenneth Reaves is a passionate angler, traveler, and writer. He spearheads Perfect Captain, a blog wherein he shares his professional insight and advice on fishing tips and equipment.

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