HiI am a dad to an 8 year old boy. He has ADD, but has shown interest in fishing from dock when we go to Lake Rosseau. I have gone and seen countless utube videos on how to fish. Not very informative for type of equipment we need. Gone to Canadian tire and Bass Pro. Still confusion. Any idea about affordable starter equipment? And any starter seminars large companies like Rapala do to encourage new fishermen?I have spent two days at each store and found so many new parents and immigrants who were just looking for the same information as me. Yet not much out there unless your parents know how to fish.Can you give some ideas?Thx.

Posted on May 18th, 2015


I can understand your frustration. Unfortunately it is very difficult to get specific instruction/help at store levels especially for kids fishing. For decades I have made kids fishing tips that you can see by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel. When you go there, just type in Italo kids fishing tips in the search engine. Besides getting information from individuals/videos, I would encourage to check-out a new initiative which I am involved in with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources  & Forestry called “Learn to Fish”. It is specifically run to help young anglers. In this initiative there will be “practical” fish teaching and fishing at Provincial Parks across Ontario. There is also an interactive Learn to Fish trailer that will be used on location throughout the province. To get more info. ,you can go to, http://www.ontarioparks.com/learntocamp/learntofish .

As far as a fishing outfit goes, one of the best ones which I have purchased and used with children the age of your boy is the Rapala 102 Spinning  Combo , that comes with everything your son will need to get fishing. You should be able to find it at Canadian Tire.

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