Now I’m not asking for the dictionary definition but what is fishing and what does it mean to you. Dictionary.com’s definition for fishing states quite simply “the act of catching fish”. Now for me fishing is so much more than that and today being the perfect example.
Well this morning was very much the morning after the night before. With family staying this weekend I needed to clear my hangover so after dropping the wife to work I stopped off for a big breakfast before heading home. I got home just in time to see my brother, his girlfriend and her 5 year old daughter CC emerge from the spare room. I suggested to CC that we went fishing and she couldn’t get ready quick enough. While CC ate her breakfast I got the kit ready.
CC had never been fishing so it was going to be one big discovery for her. I didn’t plan on using anything fancy so I whittled a basic handle for a hand line from a piece of kindling and tied some line to it. I then attached a size 12 hook and a BB shot ready for the bait of choice, small sections of Power Isome. CC’s breakfast disappeared in no time at all and off we went. The excitement and anticipation in her face was just wonderful.
With a short drive to Kingsand we wondered down on to the rocks and CC couldn’t wait to get stuck in. She naturally scaled the rocks and jumped across rock pools as if she had been walking these rocks for years. We made our way to a rock pool where I know there are lots of blennies and a few gobies. I quickly showed her what to do and she was off with her face saying it all. The nostalgia was unbelievable and I was instantly zipped back in time to when I use to stalk rock pools with a net and bucket. CC was becoming increasingly excited by every bite and tug on the line but to start with they were all tail nips.
We moved to a fresh rock pool and I shortened the section of worm. A couple of bites later and she was in with the biggest grin ever. CC had just caught her first ever fish, a nice little rock goby.
CC was soon off exploring more pools and skipping across rocks. She was so happy to be out on the coast and for her the enjoyment came from the same things as mine. Not only was she highly excited by the site fishing but she was taking in everything around her. The stunning views, the boats in the bay and even the plant life, especially the different types of sea weed. I’m also sure she wasn’t thinking about much more than what was happening in front of her which for me is one of my favorite thing of fishing.
All in all I would say fishing is an escape from the mundane rat race most of us are trapped in but also an escape for any problems we have or think we may have at the time. More than that though it’s about being out and about in this beautiful country of ours with the varied landscapes, alluring coastline and stunning wildlife. Whether it’s a cheeky robin trying to steal bait or a kingfisher landing on your rod, to seeing dolphins in the bay, seals popping up and bobbing about or even sharks, every visit special and being this close to nature is just simply amazing. Also I just love catching fish, any fish of any size on balanced gear. Sure I also love to get new personal bests, I probably hope for one on most trips but glad I don’t usually get them as when they do come about it makes them extra special.
I am interested in hearing others views on this and wonder others reasons for fishing I imagine for some it’s all about the fishing but I feel there will be lots out there like me that just love the whole experience. When I say whole experience I mean getting the kit ready the day before, not being able to sleep with excitement, the journey there, the days fishing, the journey back and of course filling friends and family in with all the details as well as the above mentioned bonuses.
The day fishing doen’t have that effect on me is the day I give it up but I can’t see that happening.
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