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If, like me, you have been fishing your whole life. It’s not just a passion, it’s an obsession. A skill that once learned, with stay with you for life. And guess what, you’re never too young to learn. Get them a Fishing Combo, and let the fun begin.
As the saying goes ‘Give someone a fish, feed them for a day. Teach them to fish, and feed them for a lifetime.
One of the proudest and happiest days of my life as a father was watching my son pull in his first fish. It wasn’t the biggest (a small Moses perch) but was enough to get him hooked. That wouldn’t have been possible without a bit of research and knowing what rod and reel combo was best for him.
Below, not only will you find some great starter kits and fishing combos, but also a selection for the older kids that are ready to step up to the next level. However, let me start by answering some of your most asked questions.
- Importance of having the right gear
- Where To Take Them?
- What Type Of Combo?
- Which Brand Should I Choose?
Combos For Young Kids/Beginners
- Plusinno Kids Fishing Pole Combo
- Lanaak Kids Fishing Rod & Reel Combo
- ODDSPRO Kids Fishing Pole
- Oystern Kid’s Fishing Pole Kit
Combos For Youths
- ZACX Fishing Rod and Reel Combo
- Ugly Stik Tackleratz Spinning Kids Combo
- Shakespeare Youth Ugly Stik GXS 2-Piece Combo
- Okuma Rox Spinning Combo
There are many brands, sizes, types, and combos for all situations. Therefore, finding the right one for your child can be difficult.
Chances are, your child will lose or somehow destroy their first rod and reel. So you might be thinking of just getting something cheap, but is that the best option. Depending on you’re budget, there is a combo for everyone.
Size and weight are also very important. You want it to feel comfortable in their hands. Kids are going to be rough on their first combo, so you want something that is going to be able to hold up. As the child grows, so does their skill level. Therefore, their equipment should too.
The first thing you need to do is decide to start where you will be taking them fishing. When starting, you want to make sure they catch something ASAP, or they will lose interest. Remember, the first fish doesn’t need to be big. I recommend a pier/jetty as they are great fish attractants. This is also a comfortable place where they will feel safe.
Once you have them hooked, then you can think about stepping it up. Boats are also great as they aren’t just getting excited about catching fish, but about the ride itself.
Perhaps you have a few different locations in mind, so a combo they can use in different situations is what they need. Whatever type of fishing you chose, I recommend a small spin combo as these have multiple applications.
The type of fish they will mostly be targeting will also be a big factor in the setup you choose for them.
A great option might be to target squid instead. These are easy to catch and are a lot of fun. Check out How To Catch Squid: A Comprehensive Guide for a comprehensive guide on targeting them.
With so many things to consider when choosing your kid’s fishing rod and reel combo, it can make the decision hard, but also a lot of fun.
So once you have decided where you are going to fish, the next thing to consider is the type of fishing combo. Many situations call for a different setup. Once again, a spin combo is always the best option to start, before branching out to different areas.
As mentioned above, there are a lot of combos to choose from. Consider the three W’s to help you narrow it down to what you might be looking for.
- Who it is for?
- Where are you going to fish?
- What type of fish are you targeting?
Now that you have answered these questions, we can start looking at the combos. If you know what fish you are targeting, it makes the choice much easier. Here is a small list that may help you to decide.
- Reef fishing – larger spin or overhead shorter rod combo (size depending on age)
- River fishing – smaller spin or bait caster rod combo
- Beach/Rocks – medium to large spin large rod combo
- River (wading) – small spin medium rod or fly rod combo (size depending on age)
- Jetty/Pier – Small to medium spin combo
The size of the combo will be determined by age. For a child’s first, you shouldn’t go much heavier than 2-4kg or 4.4-8.8 pounds. Also, you want quite a light rod as this will let them feel the bites, but more importantly, will make the fish seem bigger. This sort of combo will be fine for the next couple of years as they grow and gain more experience.
There are so many brands around these days that it can be hard to find the right one. It used to be depending on your budget and the quantity you want. Luckily, now with so many great options, this isn’t so much a factor.
Some people may insist it has to be a Shimano, Abu Garcia, Okuma, or Penn. These are great brands and are of good quality. If they are your choice, that’s great. But there are so many others of good quality at a fraction of the price, with most brands will have some sort of child combos. So that in itself can be a hard decision.
Below are a few great starter combos and kits for kids/youths
A starter pack is a good option for their first combo as it has everything your child will need to start their fishing journey. Getting a combo of the right size is also vital, as most adult combos are too big and cumbersome for small hands.
This pack includes
- Telescopic fishing rod
- Spin cast reel
- Fishing line
- Fishing tackle
- Travel Bag
- Swivels and snaps
- Hard and soft lures
- Alert bell
The next set on this list is from Lanaak. This 37-piece kit may not have as many accessories as the others but does include a bait net to keep them entertained if the fish aren’t biting.
- Telescopic fishing rod
- Spincast reel
- Minnow net
- Beginner’s guide
- Carry case
- Jigheads and soft plastics
- Hardbody lure
This is probably the best value kit for kids on the market at the moment. This set come comes with 4 different size combos to choose from, so no matter the age of your child, you have the right size.
- Telescopic Rod
- Spin Reel
- Selection of Crankbaits
- Float Bobbers
- Soft Lures
- Swivels and Sinkers
- Carry Bag
- Practice Casting Plug
- Alert Bell
This 62-Piece Lure and Fishing Accessories Kit included tons of different lures and baits to help kids catch fish including 5 snaps, 5 swivels, 6 beads, 5 weights, 24 hooks, 4 hard lures, 8 soft lures, a spinner, 3 jig heads, and a small frog lure.
- Telescopic Rod
- Spin Reel
- Travel Bag
- 4lb Test Line
- Beginner’s Guide eBook
- Fishing Tackle Box
- Snaps & Swivels
For The Older Kids/Youth
For those still looking for a pack, this is it for the bigger kids. Why go out and get all the accessories separately, when you can get everything in one go and head straight out.
- Telescopic Rod
- Spin Reel
- Hard and Soft Lures
- Braid Line
- Carry Bag
This combo pack steps it up and is not designed for beginners. The high-density carbon fiber material makes the fishing rod hard and durable, telescopic design for conveniently carrying around.
Also includes a durable metal spool, comfortable wooden folding handle, and left and right interchangeable. High-tensile graphite body with the instant anti-reverse system. High tenacity and colorfast PE braided 100M fishing line provides stronger pulling force than normal thread. Various line connectors, lures, and hooks included, meet all your need in fishing. Save the trouble of buying other accessories
As your child grows, so too should their combo. Though the previous combos will be great for a couple of years, eventually they will want one more like mommies and daddies. Below are a few of the best combos for the older kids or even adults that are just starting.
- Strong but lightweight
- 1 ball bearing
- Clear tip
- Small handle for smaller hands
This little kid’s combo packs an Ugly punch. Featuring a 3’9″ Shakespeare Tackleratz Ugly Stik Rod and Shakespeare Tackleratz Spin Reel with monofilament line. The smaller rod makes it easier for kids to handle. Made from the same top-quality materials that regular Ugly Stik rods and reels are made from, this combo is set to last.
The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Youth Combo combines exceptional strength and durability with an easy-to-use design that makes fishing accessible, simple, and fun for the whole family.
- Graphite and fiberglass construction
- Lightweight durability and sensitive
- Clear Tip design
- Lightweight EVA grips designed specifically for smaller hands
- Machined aluminum spool plus one ball bearing
The Ugly Stik Clear Tip design responds to even the lightest nibbles and strikes, while the specially designed EVA grips offer smaller hands a firm, comfortable hold. The fishing rod also features one-piece stainless steel Ugly Tuff guides that eliminate insert pop-outs for ease of use.
Made to last for years to come, the two-piece rod is crafted with a resilient combination of graphite and fiberglass. The 30-size reel features a machined anodized aluminum spool with one ball bearing to deliver smooth operation and near-instantaneous hook sets.
The Okuma Fishing 6’6″ Graphite ROX Spin Combo combines the Roux Spinning Reel with a Rox Spinning Rod to give you a durable and dependable combination for adults and youths.
- Graphite composite rod blank construction
- 2BB bearing drive for smoothness
- Multi-disc oil felt drag washers
- Durable Dura-flow stainless steel guides
- Comfortable EVA foam fore grips
- Neo-cork rear split grips for reduced weight
- Salmon/Steelhead models feature full cork grips
- Machined aluminum 2-toned anodized spool
- Rigid aluminum handle for improved strength
- Limited 1-year warranty
The Rox Rods feature a graphite composite rod blank construction with durable Dura-flow stainless steel guides, comfortable EVA foam fore grips, and neo-cork rear split grips for reduced weight and a comfortable grip.
Roux Spinning Reels feature Multi-disc oil felt drag washers, machined aluminum 2-toned anodized spools, and rigid aluminum handles for improved strength.
Outfitting your Child
I picked a small Ugly Stick TackleRatz spinning kid’s combo for my 4-year-old son’s next setup. While it didn’t break the bank, it was still really good quality. It was great for fishing in my small riverboat, but also off the rocks or at a calm beach.
This was perfect for me and my son because it did everything he needed. Of course, your situation may call for different combos and setups. Whatever you chose, just make sure you go quite light to start with so they can get the full feeling and excitement of having a fish on.
Fishing Is Life
In the end, the right brand and setup is the one that is affordable, but also has what you need. Remember, you want your child to love fishing as much as you do, so their first experiences are the ones that matter. They have their whole life to catch that big fish. Start small, and build up.
Take them somewhere they can catch a fish very quickly (a matter of minutes) so they don’t get bored. The fish don’t have to be big ( that’s why you need to get a very light combo) there just needs to be plenty of them. Do that, and you will always have a fishing partner.
On another note, whenever you take your kids out, make sure they are protected. I quite often forget about myself, but make sure my son is covered head to toe. For a bit of info and some recommendations of what to get them, check out Kids Fishing Clothing: Make Sure They Are Protected.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my post. If you do have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. As Always
Tony, Creator of Get Reel Fishin