Spending hours sat on a river bank, lakeside or fishing boat is not everyone’s idea of fun, it can be cold and wet, with no guarantee of even catching anything. However thousands of people across the USA go pleasure fishing every day, spending millions of dollars on tackle, bait and clothing in the process. Many pleasure anglers catch and release, so don’t even bring anything back for supper, so why do so many of us enjoy this ancient past time? The thrill of the chase is the standard answer, trying to come up with the best techniques, tricks and ideas to outsmart different species. Some fish are clever than others and with so many different techniques and theories there is so much to learn and understand. In my opinion there are a number of different types of anglers and they all have different reasons for hitting the banks:
Why go Fishing?
The monster hunter – The aim of these anglers aim is simple, to catch the biggest fish they can. Whatever the species, carp, catfish or bass, they will spend hours working out the best way to catch the biggest fish out there. kill and technique is of course important to be able to snare and tame some of the biggest fish in the lake. A photograph or simply a tale is the only trophy they need. You will often hear a “monster hunter” discussing their past glories in the bar and as always the even bigger ones that got away!
Match fisherman – A match fisherman enjoys the competition of competing against like minded anglers in competitions. They enjoy testing their theories and techniques on different waters and the aim is to come out as champion. Tactics are important with a clear understanding of the opportunities that each different venue can present. The match fisherman will be out in all conditions and will need a lot of skill and technique to come out on top.
Chill out fisherman – In todays hustle and bustle world we all need time to unwind and what better way than spending a few hours fishing. A chill out fisherman goes fishing for the relaxation and to un-wind, away from cell phones, emails and every day pressures. More likely to be seen on a sunny Sunday afternoon rather than a cold early morning, possibly with a couple of beers in hand!
The nature lover – These fisher man love the great outdoors admiring the wildlife on and around the bank, as well as the fish they catch. When sitting quietly on a river bank you pretty much blend in, allowing the local wildlife to carry on as if you were not there. The “nature lover” is of course an admirer of fish, appreciating the different species for the subtle differences habits and appearance.
In reality it is probably impossible to pigeon-hole every fisherman into any category, we all have our own reasons for enjoying a good fishing trip, which probably changes depending on our mood that day. Perhaps we are all made up of a combination of each of the above, I know I am.