The Surprising Benefits of Catching Fish
You should go fishing this weekend. If you happened to click on this article looking for some kind of permission, then, there, you have it. Still need more reasons to go fishing? Wondering how it can actually improve your life? Then you’ll want to keep reading.
Fishing is one of the best outdoor activities you can do. It’s fun, challenging, educational, and even addicting. It’s also really good for you. Here are five reasons why fishing could be the best thing in your life right now.
1. The Outdoors
Nothing is better than getting outside and breathing in the fresh air. Being in nature has a therapeutic quality to it. The colors, the sunlight, the beauty, the water – it all has a way of grounding us and reminding us of what’s most important. Fishing is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing is also not a fast hobby, which really works to your advantage when it comes to enjoying the outdoors. You have to intentionally set aside a few hours to just hang out by the water.
2. The Hunt
Fishing is a challenge. Unless you are out throwing dynamite (please don’t), then you’re going to have to use some skill and knowledge to fish. First, you have to find the fish. Then you have to figure what will get them to bite. Then you’ll have to hook them. Then, you’ll have to reel them in. If everything goes according to plan, you’ll catch plenty of fish…maybe. But part of the fun of fishing is the hunt. Fish can be elusive and most of the time, everything does not go according to plan. The more you fish, the more you develop instincts and understanding about the fish you’re after. There is never a guarantee that you’ll catch fish, but the challenge is what makes fishing so addictive.
3. The Patience
It’s mentioned above, but it’s worth repeating: fishing is not a fast activity. Some days, it takes real patience to have success. That’s a good thing. Our world is getting so fast paced and everyone is used to things happening right away. Fishing is one of the few activities that doesn’t work with that mentality. You have to take your time, trust your equipment, stick with your bait until you are sure it won’t work, and find the best spot to fish. Even then, the weather won’t always cooperate, you might lose a lure or two, and you’ll have to troubleshoot malfunctioning parts like reels and motors. But it’s all part of it. Fishing teaches patience, and the patient find the most joy in it.
4. The Appreciation
Becoming a good fisherman takes time. You’ll have good days and bad days. You’ll learn the intricacies and the art of fishing. You’ll come to appreciate the challenge of it. You’ll see how it bonds people. You’ll learn to love it. There is a reason people even fish professionally. Once you come to understand what fishing is all about, you can’t help but want to get back out there again. When you go fishing it teaches you to appreciate the sport and the fish as well.
5. The Joy
Fishing is fun, plain and simple. It’s fun when you’re catching fish, and it’s even fun when you catch nothing but know that there’s always the chance the next time will be special. Many a father and son have bonded over fishing, and deep friendships have been nurtured out on the water. There is also an excitement with knowing you’re going fishing this weekend. People plan whole trips around fishing and for good reason.
So, if you’re reading this and just needing a break, go fishing. If you want to bond with someone, take them fishing. If you need to develop patience in your life, go fishing. If you just need a reason to get outside and enjoy nature, go fishing.
Need some help finding a good place to fish? Check out this list of the best places to fish in Texas.
Dock Line Writing Team