The challenge of fishing is to find where the fish are in all that volume of water. And it is to get one on the end of your line somehow. If your track isn’t overly active, you might have to play the fish to bring it in and not break the chain.
Story Of An Experienced One
I used to love slowly trolling live bait through clear Caribbean water. Suddenly the baitfish would be swimming way out to one side of the boat, almost racing the boat, and you’d realize the bait had spotted a predator. The predator would come into view, come close enough to see if the bait was really lunch, and then the predator would make its characteristic attack, from alongside or from below. Often it would get hook along with bait, and suddenly you have a fighting animal on the end of your line. Will it dive and then leap into the air, trying to free itself from the hook? Will it run? Will it dive deep? Will it use the boat against you, or wrap your line around something?
You’d be amazed at how muscular a two-foot mackerel or jack can be, or how high a three-foot barracuda can leap. Are you under pressure to land it before something else steals it? When you do, bring the fish alongside and land it, it’s beautiful. Hemingway knew a thing or three.
And the fresh-caught fish is probably going to be delicious when you clean (and maybe cook) and eat it. The appeal of eating fresh-caught fish is not to be in underestimating — although it’s not exactly a sport.
Is Fishing A Sport? Why Or Why Not?
Absolutely fishing is a sport! Take tournament bass fishing, for example. It’s not luck who wins. It’s experience and pattern fishing. I’ve done it many many times. It requires precise casting, statistics, coordination, mental focus, stamina to take sometimes two casts per minute, maybe three! And do it for 8–10 hours, four days straight!
A lot of science Is getting involved along with narrowing down and eliminating water that doesn’t produce fish. In a bass tournament, you also need to manage your fish. You have four days ….. your hot spot has to last so you can close out on trophy day and put a big check in your pocket. If you have 2–3 honey holes, it’s essential to let the fish either replenish or manage the spot secretively. Catch them and get out of there, so no one else closes in on you. There’s way more to the sport than just randomly catching fish. The pros are pros for a reason, they give them free boats, trucks etc…. For a reason
They consistently catch fish, and when they get a lead, they know how to close the deal! At least most pros do! It’s a sport 100% a very intense sport that requires concentration, know-how, timing, coordination, stamina, mental control, and, most important, decision making.