I love to go fishing by myself or with friends and family. There is just something about this sport that calls to me, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my free time than by sitting around waiting for a bite. I should also mention that fishing is by no means a boring sport, trust me when I say there are plenty of moments of excitement and frustration. There is nothing quite like the feeling I get when I feel a tug on my line and just know that there is a monster nibbling at my bait. I love fighting to land my catch, but I must say that I still haven’t gotten used to the feelings of intense frustration when I realize that my fish got away. I have lots of those stories, but I’ll save them for another day.
One of the things I love best about fishing is that I get to relax, and it is even better I’m with my close friends. We all have hectic and busy lives, and often fishing is the only time we have to get together and catch up. A couple of my fishing buddies I’ve known since high school so we always have something to talk about. Plus we all have our own stories about the “one that got away” so we never run out of things to say.
During our fishing trip we get to just be guys. We can get dirty, pluck cold beers out of the river, and the only responsibility that we have is to make sure a fish didn’t steal our bait. There have been times when we’ve had so much fun it didn’t matter that we came home without a single fish. Before you ask, no one believed us when we told them we were participating in a “catch and release” program.
When I’m fishing I always feel closer to nature, and that in itself is relaxing. Just listening to the wind, the water flowing by and the occasional bird or animal can simply make all of my worries melt away. When I am out with my friends I get the same feeling only multiplied. The only thing that I wish is that we could get together more often. After spending a few hours fishing with my friends I almost always come back relaxed, less stressed and ready to tackle the next week at work. I firmly believe that if everyone who complained about always feeling stressed and tired took up fishing with their friends they would soon feel relaxed, and ready to handle almost anything. For me at least it is the best form of stress relieving therapy.