Many people connect with nature by going out extremely early in the morning, baiting a hook and throwing a line in the water. The act of recreational fishing does not require one to catch any fish. It requires patience not only to wait on a fish but to repeat the same procedure over and over.

Professor David Swing had this to say regarding the philosophy of fishing in an August 16, 1880 New York Times article:

“The charm of fishing lies partly in the fact that it is a pursuit after the unknown and unseen and the ardently expected, and party in the fact that the fresh trout or bass or mackerel or bluefish is a rare dish for the table. When a fish unfit for the table comes to the surface, the man who has nursed the nibble so long casts away his catch in disgust, thus betraying the fact that fishing as an art draws its sublimity not from the mystery only of the deep pool, but also from considerations which spring from the kitchen and dining room and from man’s anti-Tanner proclivities. To these two weighty considerations must be added the attractions of river and lake and sea, and then the philosophy of fishing is complete”

Recreational fishing can also be thought of as a form of escapism since it is a departure from daily life. Usually one is alone, however if more than one person is involved conversation is kept to the minimum. Concentration and meditation happen simultaneously. Add the serenity of the nature and it becomes the fisherman’s milieu.


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