Definitely! After taking thousands of children fishing, it did not take long to realize that they have to be constantly catching fish otherwise they lose interest. So, first, using a spincast push button reel with some type of super hero or cartoon character will help. Children are more likely to want to hold it.
Now for the fishing. Tie on an Eagle Claw or Mustad # 12 or # 10 sized gold hook. Every tackle shop should have these hooks. Place a red and white small bobber about a foot above the hook. The bobber size should be the 1-1/2 inch size. Take a # 3 split shot and pinch it on about two inches above the hook. Bait the hook with a cut piece of frozen squid about the size of half your little fingers finger nail.
You should also get a pack of Berkley Gulp cut bait (see attached photo). You can use the Berkley Gulp cut bait the same way you use the squid. The Berkley Gulp cut bait is an artificial bait and is very convenient. You can buy it at any tackle shop and it can be stored in your tackle box. Just be sure you seal it closed after you take a piece out to use. You will cut a small piece the size of half of your little finger's finger nail and place it on the hook just like the squid.
You should have another fishing outfit rigged which you can use and hand it to your little one if you hook a fish. The reason for the second rig is to fish a bait closer to or on the bottom. This rig will consist of the same hook and split shot, just no bobber so that the bait can sink to the bottom. If the fish are eating your bait more, remove the bobber from your child's rig. If your child's rig with the bobber is catching more fish put a bobber on yours. The reason for the bobber is for the visual excitement it will give your child when it goes under. Then feeling the tug of the fish at the rods tip.
There is no experience quite like it. Children remember it forever.To really bring the fish in you could put a frozen chum block in the water where you're fishing. This will bring many more fish into the area to catch. You should be catching Grunts, Croakers, Sheepshead, Pinfish, Snapper, Seabass, Cowfish, Squirrelfish, Spadefish, Mojarra, Pigfish, Sandperch and more.
Let us know how you do, and send us some pictures of your fishing adventure with your little one. Thank you for sending in your question to The Online Fisherman.
Captain David M Rieumont