I remember my dad going off on hunting and fishing trips for a couple of days with a neighbor or family member, and being too young to go. I understand that the age for hunting tends to be much older, but what age to start a kid fishing? We have taken my oldest boy out before and he's got his own basic "kid" rod/reel setup with a tackle box as well. I was probably 8 or 9 when I got my first real fishing gear with a decked out tackle box and a decent rod and reel. However, we've really only done shore and dock fishing as we don't have a boat and I had planned to buy a house with more property so I can have a boat and trailer parked in the back/side of the house. Long story, we plan on getting boat this year. What about younger children? Again, what age to start taking a kid shore fishing, dock fishing or open lake fishing in maybe a 16' ski boat?