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Top places to take your kids on a fishing holiday

There’s nothing you love more than casting a line on a quiet afternoon. For you, fishing is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life.

Many fishing enthusiasts want to pass down their love of the sport to their children, but it’s not always easy to convince children that fishing can be fun. There’s isn’t a lot of movement, and some fishing holidays involve sitting in a small boat for hours on end. For children who love to run and play, it can difficult to get children to sit still and take the time to enjoy fishing.

But fishing does a lot of good for children, and if you're trying to get them interested, you shouldn't give up. Fishing teaches patience, and it shows the value of dedication. Fishing gets children in the great outdoors and away from their electronics for a while, and it also gives you and your children a chance to be together without any electronic distractions.

If you do want to get your children involved in fishing, the best thing to do is to take them on a fishing holiday. Want to find the best places around the world? Here are the top places to take your children on a fishing holiday around the world. Check them out and start packing your boating accessories and boating safety equipment now.

Yosemite National Park - United States

You’ll never find more natural beauty in the U.S. than in Yosemite National Park. Located in California, this national park is known for its wildlife and its stunning mountains, lakes, streams and meadows.

Before heading to the park, remember that fishing season for streams and rivers starts on the last Saturday of the month of April and goes until November 15th. If you decide to fish in March, you could be arrested.

Here are a few other regulations you should be aware of:

Yosemite and El Portal

  • If you catch a rainbow trout, then you must release it

  • You cannot use bait

  • Artificial lures and flies with barbless hooks are permitted

  • Despite its name, Mirror Lake is actually a stream and is subjected to the seasons rules

  • You may only catch five brown trout per day and have 10 of them in possession

Tuolumne River (Reaching from O’Shaughnessy Dam to Early Intake Diversion Dam)

  • If you catch a fish, its maximum length cannot be longer than 12 inches

  • You may only catch two trout per day and have two in possession

  • You cannot use bait

  • Artificial lures and flies with barbless hooks are permitted

When the fish aren’t biting, take the time to do some sightseeing around the park. You’ll discover fun hiking trails and luscious meadows where buffalo can regularly be seen. If you prefer to ride rather than hike, take a bicycle tour of the park or go horseback riding. You’ll find plenty to explore at Yosemite so don’t miss out on your chance to explore.

North Stradbroke Island

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North Stradbroke Island - Queensland, Australia

When most children think of fishing, they usually imagine sitting in a small boat, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re children love to be active, then beach fishing on North Stradbroke Island in Queensland may be just what they need.

Beach fishing is less confining than other forms of fishing, and it can be more fun for children. If they get bored, they can always run out into the surf for a while or build a sandcastle. It will seem less tedious to pass the time fishing if your children have something to occupy them in the meantime.

North Stradbroke Island is known for the swallowtail dart that frequent its shores. They’re known for not being too picky when it comes to bait. No matter if you have yuppies or pippies. They will still nibble on your line.

Camping is allowed on the island so make an adventure out of your holiday. Take your children camping and show them what it’s like to sleep out under the stars.

Loch Ness - Scotland

We’ve all heard the stories of the Loch Ness Monster, so why not take your children there to discover the famous lake for themselves. All monsters aside, Loch Ness is known as an angler’s paradise and there is a good chance you’ll leave with a prize of a different sort.

What’s particularly great about this area is that it’s perfect for families as well as beginners. If your children are still very new to fishing, Loch Ness may be the perfect place to teach them fishing techniques while keeping them engaged with the search for the legendary monster.

For interested fishers, you’ll find a great variety of fish, including salmon, brown trout and sea trout, among others. While you cannot fish on the bank, you can book private tours that can last anywhere from two hours to all day. Depending on your child’s stamina, a two-hour fishing trip may be just the right amount of fishing to start.

Loch Ness

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Jurassic Fishing Park - Thailand

To really show your kids just how exciting fishing can be, head to Thailand and stop at Jurassic Fishing Park. The park is known for its carp as well as the Amazon predator fishing. Some of the carp caught here have turned out to be the largest carp ever caught, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds. Arapaima caught in the area have been recorded at 300 pounds.

Despite the big monsters that lurk below, Jurassic Fishing Park is actually quite peaceful and the resort implements a catch-and-release policy. All fishers are expected to clean up after themselves, and all fish must be unhooked either in the water or on an unhooking mat. The park will provide these maps if you need them.

For this reason, you should only bring children over the age of 10 here. If you’re trying to get older children interested in fishing, this park may be the key. Your children will get to go after some of these large fish themselves and try their luck at bringing in a big one. Know your children’s strengths and limits, you‘re sure to have a good time.

Fishing holidays can make all the difference in the world to children. They get to enjoy one of your pleasures and see why you love it so much. Keep your children interested and they may become great fishers themselves.

So which of these places will you be visiting for your next holiday? Share your thoughts with us!

As the former President of the Boating Industry Association, Rod’s passion for boating and fishing is utilised in his current role as Managing Director of CH Smith Marine. Offering his masterful expertise, Rod ensures that customers leave with a love for the sea that parallels his own.

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