Tips for Planning a Father’s Day Fishing Trip
Nothing beats spending time with family on Father’s Day. This year, gather the kids around and offer to take them fishing in Georgia. Everyone likes to go fishing, especially when all are involved in the planning.
- Pick a Georgia State Park. They are easy to access, inexpensive, and they have other things to do in addition to fishing, such as nature trails, panoramic views, deep canyons and waterfalls. There will be few distractions to take your attention away from your family, so you can enjoy spending time outdoors together.
- Take a camera to record the day. Nothing puts a smile on a child’s face better than holding up a catch before the camera.
- Fishing equipment is inexpensive and can be owned by the child. The rod and reel can be his or hers for a lifetime and be used hundreds of times over the years. If it’s already purchased and has already been used, make sure it works properly.
- Here’s a surprising tip: let the children have their phones and pads while you travel, get their fill, and then put them away. You don’t have to be in a boat. Fish from the bank or dock.
- Remember, you’re not after Blue Marlin or Giant Largemouth Bass. A simple little outfit to catch a little punkin’ seed Bluegill or pretty Rainbow Trout will do nicely.
- Take live bait. If the fishing is slow, the children can play with the crickets or worms.
- Don’t make it a full day. This is not a marathon. Stay as long as your family likes, but stage the ending with a closing adventure that will truly make it special.
- OK, here’s the close: Lake Burton Trout Hatchery right next to Moccasin Creek State Park in Clarkesville, Georgia. The kids can fish in the well-stocked little stream at the park and then walk over to the hatchery 50 yards away and see thousands of trout. That’s right, thousands. It’s a treat!
- Hold on, I’m not finished. Is that too far north? Then, as the day closes, visit the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia, right in the middle of the state. It’s a one-of-a-kind fishing overload of sights, sounds, photos, underwater views, and dozens of interactive displays. Don’t miss this. Initially, it’ll look like something that will take 30 minutes. I guarantee you’ll have to drag the children away.
Follow those tips, and you’ll have one great day full of memories with your family. There is no gift more precious than that.
O’Neill Williams is host, creator and producer for the weekly “O’Neill Outside” television and radio shows. Born in Atlanta and a graduate of Emory University, Williams has been a television fishing personality for 35 years with shows titled “Fishing in Georgia,” “Southern Fishing” and “Reel Adventures.” He and his wife live in North Georgia, where they often broadcast the Saturday morning radio show.