For centuries, fishing has been an activity undertaken to fulfill a basic need. Today, while we still fish for food, we also do so for sport or recreation.
Fishing is something that friends and family can do together. Kids can be taught the basics, appropriate to their age. They can remain near the shore and explore their surroundings – something kids seem to do so little of these days.
Unless you live in a rural community, older children and adults can rediscover the wonders of nature – often missing in our day-to-day lives.
Because fishing is all about being patient, it’s a perfect way to ease into chill mode as you wait for that nibble and tug. It’s an antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Here are a few more excellent reasons to take up fishing as your next hobby:
Fishing is easy and fun!
Fishing is quite easy to learn and promises sweet escape from troubles in our daily lives.
There are also many ways to enjoy fishing. You can try on-shore or off-shore fishing, catch and release, fly fishing, and netting.
Once you learn what each type entails, you’d think twice about calling this activity “boring” or “pointless,” especially once you’ve tried deep-sea fishing.
Fishing has health benefits
People who work in offices spend the better part of the day glued to their chairs – an inactivity that experts say poses a grave health risk.
Technology has made everything so accessible, from ordering in your meals to calling an Uber to get you from work to meeting, to streaming movies while we’re in bed at the end of the day. We have very little interaction with the “outdoors,” which we experience for the most part via a phone screen, a tablet, or a monitor.
The net result is the same – we are divorced from the physical world around us.
However, people who have tried fishing can attest to how it makes you feel free and wonderful and connected to the real world.
Instead of being cramped in a cubicle or enduing long commutes, anglers get to breathe healthy fresh air and listen to the soothing sounds of nature.
Fishing helps conserve the environment
Aside from contributing to a healthier lifestyle, fishing also helps push wildlife and conservation programs.
By paying for fishing licenses and related taxes, anglers contribute to the fund for environmental initiatives.
Also, being an angler adds to a person’s appreciation of nature which may eventually lead to a greener lifestyle.
Fishing is inexpensive and rewarding
A decent kit and rod can be bought for about $25 or less.
That’s a small price to pay for the benefits of this humble but rewarding activity.
Why not give it a try? It’s a wonderful feeling to catch your first fish, and the thrill and fulfillment it brings will have you coming back for more.