I Actually Only Want to Catch Fish
|Caught...then released to fight again.|
"There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." -Steven Wright
Every angler I know actually wants to catch to fish. Don't believe me? What's the first thing you get asked by other anglers on the water? "Having any luck?" Maybe, "Seen anything today?" Why do we ask? Because we want to catch fish! Of course we would never admit that to other people. If we get skunked, well, we just quote Thoreau.
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." -Thoreau
That's a true statement at times, I often go fishing to explore a new area. Or maybe I'm testing out a new idea, presentation, or product. But why am I doing it? Because I want to catch a fish! We can't tell people that of course, since we fear being seen as uncaring or shallow. It's true though, otherwise I wouldn't bother bringing along a fishing pole. I would just go walk around aimlessly by a body of water. You know for the experience.
|The dreaded sunset aka, I got skunked today picture.|
"A bad day fishing, is better than a good day at work." -Unknown
I call bullshit on this one. I've had days on the water that were so bad I would rather pretend that I hadn't went fishing at all (Canada). Conversely, I've had amazing days at work that would rival any day on the water. A bad day of fishing is just that, a bad day. Whenever I hear people say this I struggle to actually hide my true emotion. I know when a bad day is bad, fishing or otherwise. I realize having a bad day on the water or getting skunked is part of the process, but I make no attempts to sugar coat it.
|Fishing with friends, with the goal of catching fish.|
|PBR of course I took a picture.|
"The idea of fishing is to catch a big fish. If you just caught small ones, what would be the point." -Mark Metzger
Try this the next you go fishing. Don't cast at all and just stand there for 3-4 hours and see if it's as much fun as normal. I bet it isn't, in fact you may even find yourself wishing you were doing something else. When you go fishing whether in the ocean, a lake, a river, or a pond, you want to catch fish. If you're lucky it will be a big fish. That's why we all do it. You don't buy new gear to not try and catch a fish. I bet you also don't plan big fishing trips in the hope of not catching anything. We all go fishing because we want to catch fish, and I honestly believe, their is nothing wrong with that.
|Believe it or not, I wanted to catch this fish that morning.|