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Reasons For Fishing
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Reasons for Fishing

There are many reasons that people fish. Some fish for pleasure, some fish for food, and some fish to make a living.

Of all the possible reasons for fishing, fishing for pleasure is probably the most enjoyable because people do it as a matter of personal choice. There is no pressure in pleasure fishing. There are no adverse consequences for not catching fish. Maybe a small measure of disappointment, but that's it.

In addition to the pleasure of actually catching fish, there are many other benefits. Most of these are good for one's physical health as well as one's mental health.

Physically, fishing is not all that demanding. It doesn't take a lot of strength and stamina to fish. However, fishing does incorporate the exercising of the lungs, heart and various muscle groups. After all, one does have to get to a place from which they can fish. That generally includes walking, possibly some minor climbing, and carrying one's gear to the favorite fishing spot. These are all physical activities which burn calories and exercise various muscle groups, all of which is good for one's health. The various activities involved in readying oneself for fishing are also good exercise for the muscles of the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. Assembling a reel to one's rod, attaching hooks, sinkers, bobbin's and even the bait are all activities which work these muscles to some degree.Then, there is the casting of the bait into the water. This activity exercises the muscles of the upper arm, shoulder and back. One probably won't get a good cardio workout from fishing, but one will get enough exercise to maintain a degree of dexterity and maybe some muscle tone.

Fishing is also good for the lungs and skin. After all, fishing is mostly an outdoor sport. Being outdoors gives one an opportunity to get plenty of fresh air into one's lungs. Fresh air is healthy air. It contains plenty of oxygen which is fundamental to a healthier physical and mental state. Sunshine is another health benefit derived from fishing. Although some people like fishing enough to brave inclement weather, most prefer a nice sunny day to fish. Sunshine, in moderation, is good for one's health. It produces a number of beneficial attributes for maintaining a healthy body and appearance.

Mentally, fishing requires very little effort. Attach some form of bait to a hook, cast it into the water, and wait for the fish to bite. That doesn't sound like it requires the use of many brain cells, does it? Certainly not, and that is the biggest health benefit of all. Because fishing doesn't require a huge amount of brain power, all those brain cells get to kick back and relax for a while. Fishing allows one to rest and relax one's mind. No pressure, no deadlines, nobody wanting this or that, no noisy machines or people; just fresh air, sunshine and plenty of rest and relaxation. A brain vacation!Of course, one needn't lapse into a comatose state while fishing. It is sufficient to just clear one's mind and wonder or daydream. All that's lacking is a couple of sandwiches, a thermos of coffee or a jug of iced tea, and maybe a few other snacks to keep one's appetite in check. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise work on one's appetite, so it is always a good idea to take some appetite appeasing food on any fishing trip.

In conclusion, fishing is a great recipe for a healthier body and mind. Take a little exercise, mix it with sunshine and fresh air, and add a few snacks and something to wash them down with, then do it frequently and enjoy better health. And there is one more benefit. With a little luck, one may catch a fish for dinner, and everyone knows that eating fish is very healthy.

Think that fishing is boring? If you picture fishing as a sport in which you'll just spend your day on the side of the lake dozing, you can be wrong. Although this is quite fine for some, most anglers are out there for the challenge. Not only do you have to have skill to cast and get the fish to take hold, but you have to reel him in and land him too. It can be quite a challenge.

Brian (Doc) Langsdale

(Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham )