Fishing with Kids

by Capt. Joe Hendrix

Fishing with Kids

Summer time is here and mahi season has officially started. This time of year is exciting for people that like to fish for meat. The reef is alive with yellowtail snappers and grouper season opens up as well. The mahi and tunas offshore start to become more consistent. We are always lucky here in the keys that we do have the variety and, as guides, get to fish for different species throughout the year. It's exciting to switch it up and head out to the deep water looking for mahi.

FishMonster Magazine- May 2016One of the best parts of my job is getting to fish with kids. I have three of my own and really enjoy having them on the boat. I wish I could get them out there more often than I am able to, but I’m also glad to be busy fishing as much as I can. I think taking a child fishing is a great way to get them outdoors and to get them into something they can do their whole lives no matter where they are.

Every time I get my son out there he talks about it for days. Every day I come home he asks me “What did you catch?” “Did you catch a sailfish today daddy?” “What’s biting?”. He face times me out there to see what’s going on during the day and gets super excited when I send him a picture of a fish we caught.

FishMonster Magazine- May 2015He is always so excited about anything that bites his line. He is an avid fishing t shirt collector and he loves wearing any kind of fishing shirts that might fit him. We even had to place an order for our t shirts in kids sizes so he could wear one. He had a short phase where he also wore a buff to school, but soon figured out it wasn’t effective in school.

His main goal is to catch a sailfish. He has only had two chances so far with no luck, but he is still only 6 and will have plenty more chances in the time to come. He and his sister did catch some nice blackfin tunas and a shark last year that they talked about for months. 

When I have charter guest’s kids on the boat it is fun to see their excitement as well. For some kids it’s the first time they’ve ever been offshore fishing or the first time they’ve ever caught something so big and it’s always interesting to see their reactions when that fish is tugging on their line and they bring it to the boat. The smiles on their faces are so worth it.

FishMonster Magazine-May/June 2016I was lucky enough to grow up in this area and was always on the water. I love to see the excitement you see in kids when they get to experience that first time a fish pulls on their line or when they actually bring one to the boat.  It brings me back to when I was a kid and I was excited about each and every fish I ever caught. The thrill of seeing whats on your line still gets me to this day.

Although I don’t think I would want my son to be a fisherman himself I do love his enthusiasm and am happy to have him learn the ropes to becoming a good fisherman. It would be great if we could all take our kids outside more often and teach them to fish and be safe on the water.




Capt. Joe Hendrix
Capt. Joe Hendrix

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Capt. Joe Hendrix can be reached at 786-295-2162 or 305-505-6099. www.fearlessfishing.net



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