Last week I went fishing for my birthday and I loved it! Although it doesn’t require much physical exertion, there were a few different aspects of fishing that I felt extremely healthy. In today’s post I’d like to share them with you so you can determine if you’d like to try it out for yourself!
It’s a typical early evening in July (well, for me it was special because it was my birthday!) with a little cloud cover, however, this could work in our favour, my fishing buddy told me, because lake fish usually get more active when the sun isn’t so hot.
Actually, I consulted this year’s Farmer’s Almanac before I headed up to the cottage and it mentioned that based on the moon’s phases, June 19 – July 3 (my bday) was filled with promise for catching fish! Lucky us! It also mentioned how fish are the hungriest an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset, which coincided with what my practiced fisherman friend shared with me about the activities of the fish around the sun.
My good angler friend and I launched the boat into a small lake nearby his cottage and we’re off to a special place within the lake where he knows the fish will end up when they’re hungry. For the first hour and a half, he gets small fish biting at his bait, which he throws back, but I have absolutely nothing going on with my line.
So I wait. Nature is all around me. I hear the birds chirping and the water gently lapping at the shore. There are children a few cottages down diving and swimming off their dock. There’s another lone fisherman trying his luck off his dock. The sun beats down on me and I feel it’s warmth and comfort. I can smell the lake and fresh air.
I hold the fishing rod lightly in my hand waiting for the small tell-tale tugs that signal I have a fish biting at my worm; which, by the way, I thanked for its sacrifice when I wrapped it through and around the hook.
As the sun starts to set, several bullfrogs begin to sing their unusual baritone nightly song. The boat gently rocks and I sit still and wait some more. So far I’ve been patient, absorbing the nourishing vibrations of nature. I am totally relaxed and feel at one with the Universe.
As my friend continues to catch fish, some of them are keepers while others he throws back to recover to live another day, I start to become impatient and bored. I realize that being human we all need a good mix of relaxation and action. I want to do something now – I want to catch a fish!
I put my rod down and breathe deeply, soaking up my surroundings. All of a sudden my friend tells me I have a bite! I pick up the rod and it’s bending quite a bit. My friend calmly says, “Listen, Steph, I really want you to catch a fish on your own but, seriously, hand me the rod for this one.”
That’s right, it’s HUGE. The fish jumps out of the water trying to unhook itself and we get a good look at it. My friend said later it was at least 3 pounds!
Unfortunately we lost that one but shortly after I caught my own fish, a small mouthed bass, from start to finish (see pic)! It was a fascinating experience, as I had to hook him in the mouth properly so it would be difficult for him to unleash himself (that’s why we lost the bigger fish), then keep the line fairly tense while reeling him in toward the boat slowly, tiring him out until I got him close enough to use the net.
I really felt like I was one with Nature throughout the entire adventure. First, as I chilled out to the sights and sounds of the lake, and second, the act of catching a fish was like a courtship and dance. It was important to know the fish, what they like to eat and how they behave according to the sun and moon. Then once he went for the bait, I had to feel him out and respond to his reactions accordingly so I didn’t lose him.
Can you see how I believe fishing is a healthy activity? Do you fish and concur with my opinions? If you haven’t tried before, would you consider it now knowing there are some health benefits to it (I haven’t even mentioned how healthy it is to consume the fresh fish from which you prepare from scratch!)?