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One of the best things to do with your kids in the survival vein is fishing. Kids love fishing. They just love pulling fish in and fighting them. Most people throw fish bag in a catch and release style. That’s fine.
If you really want to show them the full scope of fishing you should keep a few fish, take them home and eat them. The whole process is very powerful in terms of teaching a little mind.
Forget About the Lunkers
Kids have no idea what a big fish is. Even if you caught a world record fish most kids wouldn’t understand the gravity of the situation. Its much better to bait with small hooks, live bait and bobbers and spend the day catching little bluegill.
That is what kids remember and go back to. They want action. So lower your big fish expectations and go for quantity over quality.
Get a Stringer and a Bucket
If you are going to eat fish there are two pieces of equipment that you have to have on hand. You need a stringer for keeping your fish alive for the rest of your fishing adventure and you need a 5 gallon buck to store them in on the ride home. This will keep them as fresh as possible. Lots of people use coolers, too
Filet Knives are Key
When you get home the real magic begins. You might think that the decapitation or fileting of a fish would make a little kid squeamish but the reality is they will like enjoy the whole process tremendously. They will probably be pushing their finger into the dead fishes eyes in amazement.
When you turn that fish into food and cook it its wires connect in the child’s brain and its really amazing to watch. They start to understand what food is.