It's great to see a Dad that is interested in spending time with his kid!!
God bless you sir!
So many parents are "too busy" and just plop the kids in front of a TV set and/or buy them a bunch of toys and other material things out of guilt because the spend little time with them then wonder why the kid is having problems. Children want your attention & time more than anything else period and nothing is better for them.
That said.... my advice to you based on my experience as a father. (my kids are grown & gone and I'm waiting for grandkids to love & spoil
) is this:
Your daughter is still a little young to have a "quality" fishing experience - with her actually fishing & catching fish that is. It sounds like YOU need to learn to fish first so you have some knowledge to impart to her.
For now get her a toy rod or a "Little Mermaid" rod & reel at Wal-Mart and let her mimic you while you are fishing. Kind of like a kid following dad with a toy mower when he is mowing the yard or "shaving" in the mirror with dad with a toy razor - you know what I mean. Make sure mom is there with the camera to get plenty of pictures too!!
Be sure to let her see, touch, play with the fish you catch so she is not scared of them and she won't think they are "yucky' when she gets older. Let her watch you clean your catch let her help if she wants to (don't force her or insist, tet her ask) Maybe when she is not looking tie a small crappie on her line and yell "you got one!! Come reel it it in!!"
When she is a little older, practice casting in the back yard Then when she is about 4-6 (depends on the kid) you can take her fishing for real!
Now the key here is DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT expect to fish much or at all yourself - be VERY Patient and attentive as she snags up & fouls her casts & breaks off & needs help rigging up & yada, yada, yada. Don't kid yourself - this is not easy, it is a lot of work and it can be VERY FRUSTRATING for you & her if YOU do not go into this with the right attitude. She may not even end up liking to fish so try not to be too disappointed if that happens.
BUT if it all works out the payoff is HUGE!! You get a life long fishing buddy & your kid gets a life long hobby.
Enjoy being a Dad! Keep Mom involved too!!
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