The Merits of Fishing

When it comes to fishing, there’s a lot going for it, and it might just have a little something for everyone, but, perhaps, I’m getting ahead of myself. Fishing is a time honored tradition that began as a solution to a survival problem. The problem being, of course, needing food to survive. Nowadays, all of the fishing we need is done by relatively few people, much like the evolution of farming. However, we still fish for sport\, or simply to eat our meal or get a “free” meal. You might have noticed one of those things didn’t have the words eat or food in it, and there’s a reason for that. Some areas prohibit keeping the fish you catch and legally require you to return the fish to their homes upon catching them. This seems cruel and unusual to me, but people swear fish are incapable of feeling pain. I’m not sure I buy that, and how would you even know? But, I digress. We still, as human beings, catch fish for fun, whether or not we get to eat them. While I disagree with the catch and release mentality, I do understand the appeal of fishing as recreation.

Fishing is a great form of recreation for a few reasons. First of all, it’s incredibly relaxing. Fishing is probably 70 to 90 percent waiting, and that waiting is filled with presumably quiet surroundings and gently undulating waves shimmering in the sunlight. This is a great way to unwind, as you might imagine, but it also has its fair share of excitement. During that 10 to 30% of the time where you have a fish on the line, it’s riveting. You’re trying your hardest to reel the fish in, and it pulls against you just as hard. Each and every time, it will feel like a battle for the ages, but then you settle back in to a more relaxed and patient demeanor.

Then, of course, is the best part. Cooking and eating the fish, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The best part is preceded by the worst, and you’re going to need to cut the fish open, gut it, remove its scales and its bones, etc. all before you get to start the cooking process. If all of the water wasn’t enough for you, this should convince you not to wear your Vera Bradley best on a fishing trip. Cooking the fish also has a therapeutic feeling to is, as most cooking does, as you start to smell the fish as it cooks, and if you’re cooking on an oiled surface, the sizzling is easy on the ears, as well.

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