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Old 07-18-2008, 01:33 AM   #1
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By the time I wasold enough to walk my dad took me out on the boat and put a fishing rod in my hands.Fishingand the love ofthe waterhas been a passion of mine eversince. My wife and I just had our first childon the last day of June so I have been away from the water for a few weeks. During these sleepless nightsI keep pondering the question is it too soon to take him fishing?I was also wondering if there is something equivalent to a carseat for the boat?I've already bought the smallest life vestand wet suit West Marine sells, I just wonder if I am missing anything.

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Old 07-18-2008, 10:12 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new addition but I seriously hope you are not considering taking a 5 week old child out fishing. In my opinion you should wait2-3 years before such endevor. This will make for much more enjoyable time for you and the child. My son will be 3 in October and has yet to go "fishing" but will be within the next couple of weeks.
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Buzz bait (7/18/2008)Congratulations on the new addition but I seriously hope you are not considering taking a 5 week old child out fishing. In my opinion you should wait2-3 years before such endeavor. This will make for much more enjoyable time for you and the child. My son will be 3 in October and has yet to go "fishing" but will be within the next couple of weeks.
I feel the same way....also think about buying a lifetime license as soon as you find out he likes to fish.



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Old 07-18-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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I will agree with above on not taking on boat till after one year, but I was taking my daughter in the water @ 8 months and swimmimg by 1 and a hal.f She didn't catch her first(without my help)until 2.5. My opinion is they need some swimming instruction before going on the boat but my daughter loves fishing ,loves the boat ,and the beach because we started her early just lots of sunscreen ,hats and cover up and your good to go.here is some of our pics

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Congrats and it's never too young depending on the boat.

My daughter hit the water at 6 months. Had her in a hammock inside a friend's cuddy cabin and she never slept so well.

She's two and half now and just caught her first fish all by herself. She can tell you red snapper from black, wahoo, "cobi-o," but she thinks Marlin is Nemo's daddy and all billfish are swordfish.

We're working on that though.
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Congrats! I have 3 small ones and my older son started fishing right around 2 yrs old, my middle son is 2 1/2 and we still do not trust him with a hook, but every kid is different. I would say do what your parental instincts are comfortable with, but I have always kept away from "strapping" my kids into anything in the boat since if it turns over, I want them to float on their own, not be dragged down with the boat. Good luck, and that post about the lifetime license is something to think about, for kids, they are less than half the price for an adult.
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im having my first this year and was wondering the same thing. great advise keep it coming!
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:14 PM   #8
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The swimming lessons idea makes great sense. Thanks for all the info guys.Thanks for sharings the goodpics snakeawave.
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i have three boys 10,5,and 17 months the oldest and youngest have loved the water since day one but the middle one is terrified of it i took all 3 for swim lessons very early but the middle one wouldnt have it so i think it depends on the kid just as much as your comfort level and congrats on the new one everyday is a joy with the little ones take in as much as you can
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With a AU hat like that he's way ahead of most kids. Take him ASAP. WAR EAGLE
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