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How to get the family fishing

9 STEPS

Whether you’re all going fishing for the first time or you’ve decided to recreate your favorite childhood memory for your kids, here’s the gear you need to get your family ready.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Get your license

All recreational fishing in Canada requires a license, so check with the province you’ll be fishing in before planning your trip. Kids under 18 may not need to be licensed, but it’s always best to do your research in advance.

Step

Rod and reel

The first thing you’ll need is a rod and reel. A spin cast combo is easy to use and economically priced, making it ideal for novice anglers. 

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Tackle

To put together your tackle kit, you’ll need some hooks; bobbers, which help indicate when you’ve got a bite on your line; spoons, which attract fish when light glints off the surface; and some bait. Pre-packaged tackle kits make this step quick and easy. 

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Tackle box

Next you’ll need a simple tackle box to hold your tackle. 

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A net

When you get that first catch, you’re going to need a net to scoop the fish out of the water. Look for one that has a moderately generous basket and some length on the handle. 

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Gloves

To protect your hands when you’re baiting your hook or handling fish, you should wear a pair of fishing gloves.

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Pliers

A pair of fishing pliers will help you remove the hook from your catch.

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Chain stringer

To keep your catch fresh while you continue to fish, you’ll need a chain stringer. 

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Filet knife

When it’s time to enjoy that fish you caught, you’ll need a filet knife to prepare it for cooking.