Getting the kids into fishing

My youngest boy who is 8 is mad keen into fishing however when we fish in 40m plus he finds it too hard to wind up the sinker let alone if he caught something. I’m thinking of a snapper winch but cannot find who sells them and how would I install as my boat is glass and don’t want to bolt anything however I do have rod holders already. Any suggestions? Cheers 


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Not a winch but I rig my 10y

Mon, 2020-04-13 12:45

Not a winch but I rig my 10y old up with a drift bait rig. It's two 6.0 snelled circle hooks with a running #5 bean sinker crimped 30cm above and a whole squid or a fresh strip of wrasse Sgt Baker etc. Perfect for him to wind in and easier to reel a fish in with the smaller sinker and I help him pump if he's hooked a bigger model.

Not much good once the wind picks up but I can imagine you'd have the young fella in the 40s in 10kn+ winds too often.

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 If you do not have any hand

Mon, 2020-04-13 14:23

 If you do not have any hand rails for a winch I would look at getting an insert machined up to fit into a rod holder that you could mount a snapper winch to. 

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Tom M

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getting kids fishing

Mon, 2020-04-13 15:56

 most Alvey winches have an attachment that clamps onto the rail, or set him up with light gear, not much wieght required then, he will soon be strong enough to handle heavier sinkers, good luck, cheers Don.

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 Maybe an option is to leave

Mon, 2020-04-13 19:23

 Maybe an option is to leave the rod in the rod holder, so only needs to control the reel only. At 8 my boy was pulling in 5+kg salmon by himself, was a funny sight but he did it. I wasn't worried if the rod broke as was only a cheap fibreglass one and certainly took a reel beating. May need to adjust the direction of the rod holder to suit your setup. :)

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 DM306

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Thanks for the ideas. I’ll

Tue, 2020-04-14 06:14

Thanks for the ideas. I’ll try leaving the rod in the holder and see how he goes 

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 The one prob you will have

Tue, 2020-04-14 06:35

 The one prob you will have with leaving the rod in the holder is it will be harder to wind up if there is a decent fish on the line. It's ok when bringing up empty but will put more strain on the reel and the rod will bend more 

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getting the kids into fishing

Thu, 2020-04-16 00:12

 Another option, would be to shorten the rod but, maybe that would be more cunfy for him, teach hhim to lift them wind on the down, a reel with a lower gear ratio, could help as well, If I was going to buy a electric reel, would not buy anything smaller than a Diawa Tanacom 1000, cheers Don.

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 Paul, come and have a look

Thu, 2020-04-16 17:09

 Paul, come and have a look at the Alvey winch setup I have for my grandson.

As you know, it has been working for him !

Happy to help you out with a similar set on your boat, and your welcome to borrow a winch to see how it all goes before you outlay the cash on one.

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Thanks Jeff I’ll have to take

Thu, 2020-04-16 19:09

Thanks Jeff I’ll have to take you up on the offer