Thursday, October 2, 2008

Why Do We Fish? What Is The Reason You Fish?

Why do you fish? For me the reason is , that I am truly passionate about fishing and it helps me to get away from the every day stress that comes my way. I love to eat fish, but I also just enjoy the thrill of the chase and fooling ole wirey mouthed lunker bass into biting a fake lure. Just knowing that I imitated this lunker bass' favorite food entree' gets the adrenalin going.

For some though , its the thrill of competition, and a way to make a living and also away to obtain fame and maybe even a false impression of immortality. The following article is interesting food for thought!

Throughout the evolution of mankind, there are not many things that have remained still facing thousands of years, which have stubbornly refused to change and morph into something else. One of these few things are fishing, an aspect so familiar and common that it is often disregarded by such categorizations.

. What started off as a means of food providing has become over the centuries one of the world’s favorite pastimes, attracting people of any age and from any corners of the planet

. Fishing is a very ancient practice that dates back at least to the Mesolithic period which began about 10,000 years ago. Archaeological features such as shell middens, discarded fish bones and cave paintings show that sea foods were important for survival and consumed in significant quantities. During this period, most people lived a hunter-gather lifestyle and were, of necessity, constantly on the move. However, where there are early examples of permanent settlements (though not necessarily permanently occupied), that are almost always associated with fishing as a major source of food.

The Neolithic culture and technology spread worldwide between 4,000 and 8,000 years ago. With the new technologies of farming and pottery came basic forms of all the main fishing methods that are still used today. In addition, fishing has always been a part of our evolving process, helping our ancestors survive through harsh times and feed their families, thus playing a crucial role in what we are today.

Surprisingly or not, the industrial boom in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has not managed to shake fishing from the place it occupies in our conscience. So what is it about this practice that makes us enjoy and feel drawn to it even in the twenty-first century, an era of absolute “laziness”, where we can eat fish just by buying it from a local grocery shop?

Scientists believe that we feel the urge to relate to nature, to feel free in it, and that our instincts pull us into trying to communicate with nature once more. And what better way to do this than by going on a fishing trip? Another similar theory tries to demonstrate that man continuously searches to reassure himself that he is in control of nature, and that nature is merely a means, an ally into man’s fight for survival. Clearly the two theories are bold and innovational but do make sense and explain many aspects of the matter, gaining more and more adepts worldwide.

The skeptics however, think that it’s nothing more than an exaggeration and that fishing in the present day has nothing to do with its meaning in the past. They claim that it’s only practiced for relaxation and that people have finally managed to find the entertaining aspect of fishing.

To some extent, this theory could seem more “down to earth” but it also raises some questions. Why haven’t we found modern means of relaxation? Why are we keen on keeping alive a practice of thousands of years? Can it only be our need to relax in a natural decor from time to time? As it is the case with all of mankind’s mysteries, the truth refuses to come out, come clean with us, and it is probably somewhere in between.

What we know for sure is that we love fishing and that it has always played an important role in our becoming. Who cares about the reasons? Let that to the scientists’ concern, grab your angling rod and enjoy fishing. Feel free to comment , and let us all know, Why do YOU fish anyway?

So anyways, whatever your reason for fishing, just enjoy the "Great Outdoors! Keep your hooks wet, See ya out there !
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Anonymous said...

I fish because I enjoy it. I always have. I also like a good fish dinner.

Tom Sorenson said...

Boy - that's a toughie. I fish for lots of reasons and it depends on my mood. I don't really care for the hassle that comes with eating trout, but I like to fish for trout - so I usually fish for trout for the fight. They are a very fun fish to catch! I fish for pan fish because they're mighty tasty. But I fish mostly because sometimes I want to be by myself and have time to think about the problems in my life and everything seems to melt is a great de-stresser. I also like to fish with my wife or close family/friends as a social event. Fishing is just so versatile and I enjoy it for a wide variety of reasons.