"What Compels us to Fish"
Today it may be hard to imagine that fishing was once a means of human survival. Fishing has evolved into a sport, a form of relaxation and has even become competitive. For many it is a way to get out and be with or close to nature’s elements and spending time with loved ones, family and friends. Fishing provides us with time to unwind from the pressures of life, a way to relax or simply have fun and we so much love every minute of fishing with each other, our family and friends.
When I asked a couple fishing buddies why they fish, they told me "It beats working even if fishing is slow" and "It is the exciting unexpected things of fishing that compels him" and a good example is the time he caught two fish on one lure. Or Andy Moore of Nebraska who caught and released a 19 inch crappie while ice fishing Dec, 2013 that could have been a state record says "Everybody fishes for a different reason. Some for food, fun, adventure or the experience, I'm one of those that just likes the experience of fishing. That feeling you get when the fish hits."
You may have heard us say “There is a lot more to fishing than just catching fish”. We enjoy the challenge of finding fish, determining how to catch those fish and trying to fool them into striking our bait. This gives us a feeling of accomplishment while teaching us patience and the ability to work towards a goal. The psychological benefits of enjoying the elements of the great outdoors and fishing outweigh those days even when the fish do not cooperate.
There have been many studies in the past several years which show how this shift from survival for food to relaxation and sport has taken place in the last 30 years or so. During the 1980’s those fishing for food was about 28% but has dipped to about 5% today and those fishing for relaxation has increased from about 14% - 36%. These numbers make it clear that anglers are now going fishing more to just get away from it all and to reconnect with family or friends. To us this makes good sense as our lives get busier to find ways to help relax and spend good time with each other, family and friends. This is not to say when we feel the need that we will bring some fish home for dinner but this is not our sole reason.
Our fishing business allows us the opportunity and the satisfaction of sharing what we have learned about fishing with fellow anglers. We truly enjoy hearing them say "we should have done this years ago!" Another joy for us is introducing kids to fishing and seeing how excited they get about catching a fish.
Fishing has been and will continue to be a major part of our lives and what compels our grandkids and their kids to fish may undoubtedly change. Fishing has different meanings for every angler and for us we cannot think of many better ways to spend time together than FISHING and we are sure that fishing will continue to play an important role in many people’s lives in the future.
Make plans to attend a Fishing Show in your area, a great way to get your fishing season off to a good start where you will find many fishing vendors, seminars, raffles and loads of activities for the whole family along with something for you hunters too.
Check our website for more show dates or details, lake reports, fishing events, news and more at www.larrysfishinghole.com
Till Next Time, GOD BLESS & GOOD FISHING.!