Bingo Larry!!! I started taking both my son and daughter when they were very young. My daughter caught her first fish at 18 months. My 6 year old son can consistently outfish grown men. No I'm not kidding, he really can. He won't do it the way I tell him to, he has his own methods & they work, believe it or not. He can bait his own hook reasonably well, but that little toot can cast like nothing I've ever seen. He has about a half dozen poles already (I snatch up every used Zebco 33 I see in pawn shops) and he can use em to perfection. I have fishing line hanging from every tree in my front yard, from him getting out and casting in the yard. He loves to practice.They are never to young!