Oct 5, 2011
These People are Liars
From time to time, I hear people say they don't fish to catch fish. They're out there soaking up the sun, unwinding, enjoying scenery, building friendships, exercise...that sort of thing. Catching fish is unimportant to these people and I'm here to tell you these people are liars.
The reason people fish is to catch fish, or at least try. It is not the only reason, but if you think catching a fish is unimportant you wouldn't fish at all. If you want to get outside, go take a hike or go camping. If catching isn't the root, why do you have a rod in your hand?
The basis of the experience is catching fish. If you evaluate your reasoning at a "big picture" level you'll come to the same conclusion. There are all sorts of secondary and tertiary benefits to fishing. Icing on the cake to make an experience more enjoyable and fruitful. Don't get me wrong. I love angling and everything that goes into and comes from it, but we're out there fishing...to catch fish.
I love the feeling I get after successfully fooling a fish. I love paying attention to details and perfecting techniques. I love to be on or in the water. I love to catch fish! Big or small, it doesn't matter.
Why do you fish?