Youth fishing clubs have exploded across the nation and are making a major impact on the youth of America.
Fishing Promotes Family Bonding
Fishing brings friends and families together. From day-trips to fishing weekends, this amazing sport provides people with fun, bonding and education. Moms and dads have fun teaching kids. Kids have fun teaching the adults!
Fishing Increases Independence
As kids build their skills in fishing, they become more confident. This leads to greater independence. Once kids understand the safety measures involved in fishing, they can engage in this activity with little to no help from adults.
Fishing Enhances Motor Planning
Fishing involves a great deal of motor planning. Kids have to decide how to cast, when to let go, when to reel and more. They have to carefully plan out their movements and make sure they work in harmony to catch fish without breaking the line or the pole!
Fishing Builds Confidence
As kids build skill-levels and become more successful, they build their self-confidence. A stronger self-concept and greater independence occurs. As kids see they can be successful in fishing, they carry that confidence over to other parts of their lives like school, sports and even developing friendships.
Fishing Teaches Patience
Fishing can be frustrating for the person that lacks patience! It can take minutes to catch a fish or it can take hours or even all day. Children learn the art of patience. This is a skill needed for school, sports and life!
Fishing Teaches Perseverance
Fishing takes determination, hard work and perseverance. You can’t give up after only a few minutes. Fishermen spend hours waiting for the perfect catch. Fishing teaches children to keep trying when they don’t succeed. This leads to a greater work ethic that is needed to be successful in school and work.
Fishing Encourages an Appreciation of Nature
Getting outdoors helps kids appreciate and understand nature. It teaches the importance of taking care of the environment and fish. Electronic devices can take a back-seat to outdoor scenery, fresh air and fun. A healthier lifestyle can be the result.
Fishing Improves Coordination
It takes balance and coordination to fish. Balance in necessary when reeling in your catch. Lose your footing, lose your fish! When fishing, it's important to coordinate all motor movements to work for a successful catch.This coordination-practice carries over into all facets of life.
Fishing is the open door to the great outdoors. Kids need to walk through it early and often.
Jimmy Mauldin * CEO/president, FishAmericaNow Foundation
Kids Need to Fish