I do not have any grandchildren that young, the youngest is 9 and I am going to get several of my grandchildren one for Christmas.
It is easy to use and I suspect a child 3.5 years old with good motor skills could use it.
Great for kids,i bought 2 for my grandchildren, very easy for them to cast also.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
For your son, get him an economical pole and reel. Gives him the look and feel like the big boys use...the PF is a great rod, but not practical for a kid. Sorry to bust the bubble, but not recommended for kids...Get him the real mccoy and he'll love you forever...happy fishing! Bob
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
no, just get him a regular push button kids pole. this one did not work, it is not well made. the gears inside broke after 2 casts. if you get him a regular tweety or micky mouse pole it will last longer. my sons actually passed on their first poles to other kids, this one was returned the next day. avoid the dissappointment.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
Absolutely! I bought one for each of my boys (7 & 10) and it was a great fit for them.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
Yes, it's really a sturdy built, compact little device. I'm retired, live by a Lake, and am buying two more of these for my grand daughters, 4 and 8 years old for when they come up to stay with grandpa this summer.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
- Bodfish, CA (Near Lake Isabella)
The Pocket Fisherman isn't good for children learning to fish. My son loves fishing and is pretty accurate when casting a traditional rod. He has a lightweight, one-piece rod about 4.5-5 ft long. I think it's a Shakespeare, with a small reel that fits his hands.
The Ronco is very short, < 2 ft, so your timing on the release of the reel button has to be nearly perfect. You also have to cast with more power, due to having less "leverage".
However, I could see it being used by small children when dropping the line straight into the water, off a boat or pier.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
Don't attempt! Be like Nike and "Do It"! How hard is it to catch a Bluegill in a pond with a wax worm for bait? Please, DO NOT use a Ronco Pocket Fisherman for his first pole, it will Ruin the experience of what a "Reel Fisherman" feels and experiences with the bending of the rod rod and all that. I recommend a Zebco outfit that has a few hooks, maybe a bobber and a few few split shots! Snoopy-Fied! Makes it more fun, I havn't heard of RONCO since the 70's Dude, I think Wal-Mart has some Spidey Man's or Snoopy or Sponge Bob's to make it a little more interesting. Does Wal-Mart even sell Ronco anymore? Here's a tip to make sure, Mission accomplished! Take a little extra time and go to the pond BEFORE you take him there, catch a Bluegill with one of his waxworms and put a hole in the V under his jaw, tie him to a cattail so he's there for you to sneek the fish on a hook while the kids not watching, 2 poles usually helps doing this to occupy his attention with one while you set the other one, I've done the same thing to my older uncles with 40LB Catfish, so DON't tell me it can't be done! Main thing, Pack a Lunch, Enjoy the day, Take a Camera and have a Blast! Don't take a "Pocket Pal" use a REEL ROD!
Good Luck, Catch a Biggin!
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answered 3 years, 4 months ago