Fishing isn’t about catching fish. There are many things I don’t know, about a great many things, however if there is one thing I do know for sure, fishing isn’t about catching fish. I first went fishing aged 3 with my Dad in Weymouth, Dorset. He walked me down to the harbour and tied me to a ladder (for my own safety). I caught two pollock, and I ate them for tea. Ever since, Iv been hooked (pun intended). This was the start of 30 years of spending a great deal of time where the land meats the sea.
Fishing isn’t about catching fish
In many ways Fishing is like business. You need the right location. This will depend on your target market, or, fish. Next you need to make sure that what your selling is appealing to your customer. Offering something for free, something easy to swallow. Once he has taken the bait, you strike, hook, and reel them in. Anyone who knows anything about fish would know you look after them and keep the experience as painless as possible, putting them back to catch another day. Any customer who has had a bad experience, is not going to be lured by the same offer twice. The key in both instances is patience. Waiting for the nibbles of interest, but then not rushing into the sale to early, or to late and you’ve given away your bait for free with nothing but an empty hook to show for it.
The area in which these two seemingly similar worlds differ is the measure of success. Business is measured in pounds and pence, but fishing is measured in something more profound.
Unlike business, you don’t need to close any sales to have a successful days fishing. While it would be nice to catch that trophy fish, you have to question what that is really worth compared to spending a day out with nothing but time to think.
As soon as that engine cuts out the meaning of quiet becomes apparent. There are no trees to sway in the wind, no grass. No distant car engines or bird calls. It is only out at sea when you realize what quietness really is. There is nothing to look at but the expanse of blue from the horizon in all directions. Your land based life is now irrelevant. There are no distractions from your own inner monologue. You are free to spend some time alone with your thoughts.
What is fishing really about?
Fishing is about you. Unwinding. Like relaxing in your garden, but with purpose, and without distraction. Your not sitting around doing nothing, you’re fishing. It is allowing time to slow down, witnessing the mood of the day change as weather sweeps across the sky. When was the last time you spent 8 hours sat watching nothing but the changing of the wind. Fishing isn’t about catching fish, it’s about catching what we’ve forgotten that’s important in modern life, our own sense of self.