A serious young angler needs at least some serious gear. But before you break open the piggy bank, consider the following factors.
Gear for kids varies widely in quality, so inspect everything with a critical eye before buying. If tackle—especially a reel—looks cheap and lousy, you may spend your outing repairing it instead of fishing. Be extra wary of cartoon-themed equipment.
As kids get more experienced, they can move from simple spincasting gear to spinning and even baitcasting or fly tackle outfits. But don’t rush them. Buying advanced, complicated tackle for children to “grow into” can lead to frustration and disappointment.