When a kid is learning to fish, it is best to avoid using an adult tackle. Instead, by using the best quality kid’s gear available, the design is usually better equipped for their hands and is more user-friendly.
Adult ultra-light spin casting combos are a good, durable choice for young anglers. They are easy for kids to hold and are relatively tangle free. Best of all, they make even a small perch feel like a whopper to a kid.
Go with a combo with a soft tip, which will be easier to cast. Make sure the reel handles 4-pound test line well and has a smooth drag. Start a kid right with decent, functional tackle – anything less performs poorly and invites discouragement.
When using a bobber for kids, for best results the bait should hang about halfway between the surface and the bottom, or for about 4 feet if the depth is uncertain. If the bobber rests on its side, the bait is on the bottom. Shorten the distance between the hook and the bobber.
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