Reply by: LastKast2010 Posted: 1/26/2017 11:21:45 AM Points: 4171
I fish for myself.. for the simple pleasures of being outside... watching people enjoy the thing i love most. Fishing! I love the sun, the water and the people that make it fun and enjoyable. Too many people take fishing to the next level... trash talking and making fun.. of others who dont have as good of equipment, or the expensive boat.. or whatever.. i do it for me..i do it for the joy of it. I hope others share my love for this amazing gift.... FISHING!
Reply by: yard dogs Posted: 1/26/2017 11:28:55 AM Points: 647
Nothing beats the peace of being out on the water - ice or open. Just to be outdoors and enjoying and the quiet, open space is my biggest draw. Add a lake trout pulling some drag and honestly, how could it get any better...?
All that, and I also really love to take my boys out. I like to think that every trip we create memories they can hold on to forever, as I know I do.
Reply by: sickws6 Posted: 1/26/2017 11:40:21 AM Points: 574
I do it because its FUN, good clean fun, love to feel the bite and accomplishment of landing said fish, I like the variations that you have to account for every trip, learning new waters where there are species I haven't caught, exploring the beauties and nature of this state we call coloRADo, planning trips with friends and preparing for the thrill of the trip, meet new people that enjoy the same things I do. having a hobby that requires me to think and plan, get away from the normal hustle and bustle of town living. setting goals that I see myself accomplish every year (or try hard to).
Reply by: Goosehunter82 Posted: 1/26/2017 11:44:51 AM Points: 31575
I do it because I enjoy it and frankly have nothing else to do with my time. It's really my favorite hobby. I also like to fish because I get the the chance to help others with something that I'm pretty good at and it gives me the opportunity to meet new good people.
I fish for MEAT. It's the cheapest grocery there is and at the same time my money goes to conservation which in today's day and age we need all the conservation we can get. I'm not the guy that just got busted for having 2500 fish in possession in Wisconsin and I'm also not the guy who takes his limit every time out on the water. Big fish don't taste good and the smaller fish I don't get enough meat so for instance an 18" bow goes back to live a 12" bow goes back as well 14" for some reason is the magic number. Along with meat I feel fishing is a BROTHERHOOD meet new people every time out and the brothers that go with you every time. We get to step away from adulting for 6 or more hours where else can u do that except the outdoors. Fishing is fun it becomes a passion and then you have a whole other bucket list just for fishing. Gives me a purpose to feed my family and also be able to chase the elusive monsters that lurk beneath us to cross of the bucket list. Whatever your reasoning is to fishing and as long as we as brothers and sisters stick to the greater good of conservation I'm am happy to call all of us responsible conservationists brothers and sisters.
I fish because it is one of my only hobbies. It is always nice to get outdoors to clear the mind and just relax. I also will fish to spend time with family and friends. For me a lot of fishing is about the different fish. I like to catch as many fish of as many different species because in general fish just fascinate me.
I fish because I love being outdoors and escaping from everything. It's gives me time to just let my mind drift off, catching something is just a bonus. I also like taking people out who have never fished and seeing them enjoy it.
My response echoes much of what everyone has stated. Other aspects for me are the artistic qualities involved with fishing. You can experiment with colors, sizes, texture, and presentations. I love the tinkering with lures, flies, reels, and bugs. You can take some great photos. You can experiment with boat speed. You can get a good workout-walking through snow, kayaking, and hiking to that secluded spot. You can use your electronics. You see wildlife you may not otherwise see. You find some really cool stuff. You are outside. Oh, man, I could just go on...
Reply by: esoxrocks Posted: 1/27/2017 8:01:58 AM Points: 2477
Combines....love of nature, challenge, outdoor adventure, "always learning", satisfies primal urge to hunt, beautiful surroundings, great destinations, peacefulness, ability to pursue my definition of success (not someone else's), uses all sorts of cool toys, ability to do alone or with others...etc, etc...
...oh, and I am now too old to do most of the "real adventure" sports of my youth.
Reply by: Flyrodn Posted: 1/27/2017 9:04:49 AM Points: 177630
You'd think this would be an easy question to answer, yet . . .
I fish in part because I always have. I enjoy fooling fish, I enjoy the outing, I enjoy figuring things out. Today I think the main reason I continue to fish is the journey, if you will. Which includes tying flies, going somewhere and putting things together so that I manage to catch fish, but the funny thing is, if I have a good day of catching, I rarely return, but if the fishing "sucks", I often do until I figure things out.
Reply by: pikeNcolorado Posted: 1/28/2017 9:56:14 AM Points: 16158
For the challenge, sport and sense of accomplishment. Just like poker you can pretty much do anything, and catching fish on something that i tried differently by thinking outside the box is a great feeling. I started fishing to get away from the crowds and clear my head. Although that is becoming harder and harder in this tiny state. But most importantly, I fish now because I'm addicted to that follow and rush of adrenaline I get when I feel those teeth chomp down on my lure. The precious minutes that follow that can determine success or failure in my eyes. That is what it has become.
I must say that my father had a lot of influence getting me outdoors when I was young and fishing with him and seeing him set the hook on a pike might be the best form of happiness i can have when it comes to fishing. Life has come full circle as I'm sure it was the same him when I was a kid.
Reply by: Smelly Posted: 1/28/2017 11:16:35 AM Points: 16118
I agree with Flyrodn . This is a deceptively difficult question . As far as enjoying the outdoors, ABSOLUTLY ! But you don't need to fish to do that. As far as cheap protein, B.S. ! Do the " real math " , include time spent fishing ( or Farming in some cases ) and on fishing related activities and put an hourly price on it . Because when you buy fish, you PAY a commercial fisherman for all that time too. Not just boat, fuel, tackle, bait ect , You will quickly find out that the non-fishing public are correct. You can "buy it cheaper at the store"! Been playing this fishing game for almost 50 years now ,and have pondered this question a lot. Best answer I can come up with is. Because it "Feels Right ". When I am on the water. I KNOW that is where I belong !
I don't really know? Its like I'm compelled. Its my greatest passion! It keeps me focused, attentive, driven, prepared. Its peaceful. Keeps me active. It does so much good for the mind, body, soul, and spirit!
Reply by: bardkin Posted: 1/29/2017 7:19:35 AM Points: 3757
It's like the old song goes- I was born in the sign of water and it's there that I feel my best..
I've always loved fishing since I was a little kid. I've fished in many states and many rivers. All have good and bad things about them. But when your standing in the river, and can't hear any cars or boats or kids screaming or airplanes flying low overhead- when you hear the elk bugling, the sound of foot stomps from the deer up on the hill- when you hear the calming sound of the river and a slight breeze in the air..
Its like all the other worries and the strife of living just disappear. there are no bills to pay, no work to be done, no wife and kids to answer to..It's serenity. When the only worry in the world is if your dropper is getting down low enough..
It's a meditation. Its a devotion. It's church. I always come back feeling more centered and focused.
Reply by: LastKast2010 Posted: 2/1/2017 8:22:50 AM Points: 4171
I asked this question because i was seeing SO many FB site where people BASH others for their lack of knowledge, attitude, cost of their lures and gear... and many other reasons. I was getting fed up with this new attitude of... IM BETTER THEN YOU....
I honestly was getting mad at the negative attitude towards others... by a few people that... in my opinion... should be NOT be saying much! Instead of falling in the TRAP of commenting back.. i decided to ask the question... WHY DO YOU FISH... and thankfully... my FishExplorer family did not disappoint! Thanks for keeping my faith in fishing and the future of our sport!
I seem to remember a time at a boat launch when a young boat inspector said we probably wouldn't catch any pike because the "BEST" pike fisherman in the area had just finished fishing. The guy with me had a fit and I almost felt bad for the boat inspector. But I like competitive people.
On that same trip the same person told me a story about fishing a tournament and having thought he had caught every fish in the area. He said Aaron Martins then came up behind him and caught 3 to his one. So my friend exhibited both a little bit of ego and humility on the same trip.
On this same trip my friend noticed one of my setups and offered to swap his jersey for my rod and reel. lol
But berating people because they don't have nicer gear is unacceptable. Hopefully we've all started with lesser quality gear. It has nothing to do with the quality of the angler or more importantly, the person them-self.
There's not enough room here to write why I like fishing.. but tranquility and learning certainly top the list.
BTW I've shared that Aaron Martins story many times. It's a great story
I could fish for an eternity and would still not be satisfied. Unsatisfied but very happy. It's in my blood, I'm drawn to it and it seems effortless. So much at work, the wonder of what lies beneath, the heart pounding encounters, the days of the skunk that drive you nuts and push you to grow as an angler, nice folks, cool gear, and of course exercise and the outdoors.
^^^ This thread accomplished exactly what the OP set out to do. To get people discussing what is great about fishing.
Instead of your comment you should 1) make no comment at all 2) state why you think it's great 3) or why you think fishing stinks.. in which case, we'll all be wondering what kind of person joins a fishing community.
And just an FYI kind of thing for those that don't know.. The OP is a professional angler, a pretty nice guy as long as you don't say there's a better pike fisherman at Vallecito lol and has been a guest on Fishful Thinker a few times. So IMO, he probably has a clue
Reply by: Lund1625 Posted: 2/17/2017 8:15:42 AM Points: 178
I simply love to be outdoors and the challenge that fishing represents. I cannot find another venture that even when I have a bad day it is still enjoyable and peaceful. Even after a lifetime of fishing experiences I still learn something new each time out. Started fishing on Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota when I was six and haven't stopped yet.
I hope everyone here has a successful and safe fishing season!!