I think that it’s important that we share our passion for the outdoors and fishing with our children. Providing the knowledge and sharing our passions with the future generations is what will aid the sport of kayak fishing continually growing for years to come. While I’m a firm believer in the importance of sharing this with our future generations, I must admit that my reasons are somewhat selfish. I take my sons out on the water at every possible chance. It’s actually pretty cool watching their amazement at all that nature has to share when we’re out on the water. We’ve watched a pod of dolphins playing mere feet in front of us (of course, it’s difficult explaining to a 3yr old that this isn’t like Sea World where you can touch the dolphins and feed them), seen manatees just hanging out, and watched Ospreys dive bomb schools of mullet in search of their next meal. There’s always something to point out to them when you’re out on the water, whether it be the things above or simply a spoonbill working the bank eating small shrimp. As simple as it may seem to you or I, it’s a wonderful new experience for children. The best part is seeing the smile on a child’s face as they land a fish. It doesn’t matter to them if the fish is 6 inches or 36 inches. The catching part is what’s cool to them. A kayak fishing trip with your son or daughter is much more than a simple fishing trip. It’s the sharing of memories, the bonding time, and the instructional period that you can easily share with them. So, go out and get your child a new PFD, and get out on the water and make some memories. I can promise you that they will last a lifetime, and have the innate ability to constantly put a smile on your face every time you look back.