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Kayak Fishing: Giving a Gift

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As a parent I make a lot of lists. I talk to myself internally and sometimes even externally. I plan, to the best of my abilities, what my children will do, sometimes well into their future.

As my babies grow older into their teens and twenties, they will parade a front of false knowledge and in essence build a fortress of solitude that little information can penetrate. 

I'm not quite there yet.

 Z is 9 and AK is 6. Those are fun ages of discovery, curiosity and the insatiable appetite that drives them to ask "Why?".  I also know those brains are sponges that are collecting data and storing it in categories which usually revolve around the question, "Would I do that again- Yes or No?". I recognize that and am attempting to give my kids a gift. This gift isn't wrapped, nor is it purchased. The gift is something, actually two things, that I love and want them to love: kayak fishing.

 

 

Some Dads want their kids to be a great football player, a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman or something else. Some of us just want our kids to be healthy and responsible. I want my kids to have a hobby and let it grow into a passion. I know my kids. They are a brilliant mixture of their mom and me. I know Z is going to get stressed out in life. He wants everything to go smoothly. He doesn't like conflict. He internalizes. He is going to need a pressure relief valve just like I did. Fishing was my outlet. What I later discovered in 2003 was that combining fishing and kayaking also gave me an endorphin release from the exercise which in turn made me feel better about life. So for you mathletes out there: Exercise + Stress Reliever = Chilled Out Dude with a Good Attitude. That is important. 

AK is a different story. She looks just like her mom but her attitude is all me. She is my daredevil. She will try anything if you let her. If she gets bored, she makes her own fun. That is what I did. My parents gave me fishing at a young age and because I grew to love it, I spent most of my teens and twenties fishing rather than carousing and raising hell. Give me some spare time and I'd fill it with fishing. I still do. I hope to pass that along.

I am proceeding slowly with my plan. I could have them at the lake three times a week and kayak fishing could be their soccer, ballet or basketball. I don't want them to see it as a chore. I want them to ASK to go kayak fishing. We do a lot of bank fishing right now when we only have a an hour and both of them ask to go. Progressively we are doing more and more in the kayaks.

 

 

Z and I have made plans to do a boys trip this Saturday. He likes fishing because he loves exploring outside, he loves the water like a Lab and it's time spent together. I always have to remind myself, this is a trip for him, not me. He reminds me of it every time. Some days we spend six or seven hours out and some days just one or two. I'd take ten minutes to get to share this with him.

I’ll be fishing a tournament on a beautiful stretch of river and he will go along in his own kayak. He has recently started asking to not fish so much so he can explore shorelines and take it all in. Of course I oblige and am happy he wants to go at all. The paddle in all will be over six miles but none of it against current. He could float and just about make the deadline for check in.

He is for sure my scientist and this laboratory I am taking him to will amaze him. That’s a gift I can’t wait to see him unwrap. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Chris Payne

I've been fishing over 30 years and the majority of my time on the water has been spent in Texas with the occasional trips out of state. In 2003 I bought my first kayak and a new era in my fishing life was born. I learned the ropes quickly about gear, paddling, fishing, packing, safety and got a degree from the school of hard knocks with a major in kayak fishing. I learned a lot of ways to not do something.

I love kayak fishing and I want to share it with as many people as possible. That's the bottom line. 

Website: www.kayakfishingblog.com

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# ozarkkayakangler 2014-08-06 10:46
Man, sharing the outdoors with our kids and any kid for that matter is building the future of our environment that we all so desperately seek when we decided to start kayak fishing how many years ago. I think you know what I mean by saying that. I suggest a book read for you if you have not read already "The Last Child in the Woods". It has truly changed the way I think about an outside lifestyle for my children. Thanks for Sharing such an awesome write up.
 
 
# paynefish 2014-08-06 10:54
Quoting ozarkkayakangler:
Man, sharing the outdoors with our kids and any kid for that matter is building the future of our environment that we all so desperately seek when we decided to start kayak fishing how many years ago. I think you know what I mean by saying that. I suggest a book read for you if you have not read already "The Last Child in the Woods". It has truly changed the way I think about an outside lifestyle for my children. Thanks for Sharing such an awesome write up.


Thanks for reading. I'll check out that book! For our vacation this year the kids chose to go to a State Park so we could hike, kayak and enjoy nature. Love those kids!!!
 
 
# ozarkkayakangler 2014-08-06 12:33
I have a six year old daughter and a four year old son so the article kinda of hit home with me. You will love that book. If you have never heard of the "Children and Nature Network" and "Nature Deficit Disorder" movement, things you referenced in your article are along those same philosophies that each were founded on after the book "Last Child in the Woods" was written by Richard Louv. I have three huge passions when it comes to the outdoors. The first being Kayak Fishing, the second Rock Climbing (which my four year is a rock star at), and the third is sharing those experiences with not only my children but with families and other children as well. It does something for each one of their mental and physical well being as well as the family itself.
 
 
# Kayak_angler 2014-08-17 00:41
This was a very well written article and sounds like my life. I have a six year old daughter that I would do anything for and I want her to have the best in life and share the great outdoors with her. She loves going out camping, fishing and kayaking and she isn't scared of anything. We purchased a motorhome two years ago and we have used it plenty with many camping trips and added 20,000 miles on it in these short two years. My daughter has really taken a love for the outdoors and she just melts my heart as I watch her grow and learn.

Thanks for sharing this article.
 

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