Why do you go fishing?

tipitinmick

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I think the more you do the worse it gets. If you could put it in tiny clear bags then all of us would have a dealer on speed dial. Im not sure whos doing the fishing some days. Me or the fish. They have me hooked.
 

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Fished for over 60 years.
Just being outdoors, unstressed, nothing to think of but fishing (although even when I worked that was most of what did anyway ... worked for 45 years, and about 2 years worth of that I probably did what I was paid for - rest of time was spent skiving, fiddling with tackle, popping to tackle shop for tackle and maggots for the evening or weekend, etc)...
 

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@Peter ......And all the time I thought it was 'cause you enjoyed extricating nuggets of our Dave;):giggle:

LOL Mark. I used to be very competitive in my 20's and 30's doing a lot of team fishing along with opens, but nowadays it's all about enjoying a day out on the bank either alone or in the company of friends and like minded souls, even in matches it's not uncommon to find me wandering around for a chat and taking a few photos. It's probably cost me a few brown envelopes at times but they are insignificant compared with the enjoyment I've derived from those days. ;)
 

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^^ @Peter ......I know mate, just jesting. ;):giggle:........Some people might wish you'd take photos in the last half an hour of a match rather than catch 'lumps!' ;):ROFLMAO:
 

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^^ @Peter ......I know mate, just jesting. ;):giggle:........Some people might wish you'd take photos in the last half an hour of a match rather than catch 'lumps!' ;):ROFLMAO:
That just wouldn't make for so much fun and amusement though. :LOL: :ROFLMAO:
 

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^^ @Peter ......I know mate, just jesting. ;):giggle:........Some people might wish you'd take photos in the last half an hour of a match rather than catch 'lumps!' ;):ROFLMAO:
Just think how well Peter would do if he didnt give all the other anglers a four and a half hour head start. 😆👍
 

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Mick, Our Peter is so precise, clean, and exacting with his fishing tackle, it takes him four and half hours to setup! ;):oops::ROFLMAO:
Proper-Preparation-Prevents-Pee-Poor-Performance. I have to admit that when it comes to my fishing gear it's the one thing where I suffer from OCD.
A place for everything and everything in its place. I can probably open the draws on my box and pick out what I want without looking.
A Bonus is that whenever I decide to move any of my kit on it gets snapped up because people know it's been well looked after, ;)
 

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I go fishing because it is my excuse to get over to the emerald isle three times a year, where family life is at the centre of society, where people treat each other as they would wish to be treated, where rural scenery covers 90% of the country, where the humour is spontaneous, where the pub will welcome you like a prodigal son, and where if you are nice, you will get nice back. Oh, and if you are patient enough to spend an hour each evening pre-baiting, you'll find shoals of wild bream.
 

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I go fishing because it is my excuse to get over to the emerald isle three times a year, where family life is at the centre of society, where people treat each other as they would wish to be treated, where rural scenery covers 90% of the country, where the humour is spontaneous, where the pub will welcome you like a prodigal son, and where if you are nice, you will get nice back. Oh, and if you are patient enough to spend an hour each evening pre-baiting, you'll find shoals of wild bream.
Yep, thats where my ashes are going ..... Lake Garadice. 👍
 

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Joe. You being a barber. What days do you get off. ?
A Sunday and a Monday! Which means I can finish every week on a Monday with minimal earache from her (she works Monday to Friday) and venues are generally much quieter, I’m a lucky boy.
 

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Some great responses here guys. I’ve enjoyed reading them!
 

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I think your reasons for going change- at least they did for me. Firstly I found it a great stress relief from the pressures of work at weekends, after starting when I was in my late 30s. Next, I thought to enter competitions for the challenge, but I moved away from that after finding that was just piling more pressure on, rather than relaxing me. Now that I have retired, I do it totally for pleasure for a few hours during the day whenever I fancy a session, because I get great enjoyment and relaxation from it. The social aspect of it is great too! I keep a close eye on new developments, and indulge myself shamelessly by buying new kit to upgrade my existing stuff from time to time. I watch matches now rather than take part in them
 

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It's the one place I have to go these days where I can just go and forget about everything else that is going on, work, house jobs, money.
Concentrate on that float and nothing else matters.
I also have some really fond memories of fishing with my dad, and I am hoping that by getting back into fishing now, it can be something I share with my boy when he's a little older, and won;t insist on running towards the lake shouting 'splash splash splash' as he does now....
 

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Fascinated by fish and water.
Relaxing.
Nature.
Solitude.
Socialising.
De stress.
Challenge.
 

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"There are very few places in this world nowadays where quietness is absolute. The closest we can get to it is away from the madness of civilisation and out in the countryside. If you study to be quiet, nature will come to you and you will see things most people won’t. The bright blue flash of a passing kingfisher or the leap of a brown trout as it devours an ascending mayfly in mid-air. When out fishing you will also hear things that many people will ignore. Invariably you will hear a buzzard before you see it soaring high in the sky. Tree boughs creak as the wind blows through woods and the breeze rustles through the bank side vegetation at your side. You will feel things that many people never will. Close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the line from your reel tighten and the rod tip bend as you cast. Imagine the heart stopping moment when you hook into a fish, feeling every lunge and shake of its head in its bid for freedom. You will smell things that many people never will. Wild garlic and water mint growing on the bank evoke memories of home cooking. Fields of rapeseed waft their sweet scent of honey and mustard through the air. The not-so-sweet aroma of the farmyard typifies rural life at its best and always awakens the senses. Then there are the expectations, the disappointments, the successes, the failures, the laughter, the camaraderie, the solitude, the companionship, the glorious warmth of the summer sun, the bitter cold of the winter frosts. The rain, the wind, the sleet and snow all add to a pleasurable fishing trip, which is sometimes an expedition but always an experience, making every day different from the others, if sometimes exhausting."
Taken from 'Just Me And The Fish', now available everywhere.
 

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"There are very few places in this world nowadays where quietness is absolute. The closest we can get to it is away from the madness of civilisation and out in the countryside. If you study to be quiet, nature will come to you and you will see things most people won’t. The bright blue flash of a passing kingfisher or the leap of a brown trout as it devours an ascending mayfly in mid-air. When out fishing you will also hear things that many people will ignore. Invariably you will hear a buzzard before you see it soaring high in the sky. Tree boughs creak as the wind blows through woods and the breeze rustles through the bank side vegetation at your side. You will feel things that many people never will. Close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the line from your reel tighten and the rod tip bend as you cast. Imagine the heart stopping moment when you hook into a fish, feeling every lunge and shake of its head in its bid for freedom. You will smell things that many people never will. Wild garlic and water mint growing on the bank evoke memories of home cooking. Fields of rapeseed waft their sweet scent of honey and mustard through the air. The not-so-sweet aroma of the farmyard typifies rural life at its best and always awakens the senses. Then there are the expectations, the disappointments, the successes, the failures, the laughter, the camaraderie, the solitude, the companionship, the glorious warmth of the summer sun, the bitter cold of the winter frosts. The rain, the wind, the sleet and snow all add to a pleasurable fishing trip, which is sometimes an expedition but always an experience, making every day different from the others, if sometimes exhausting."
Taken from 'Just Me And The Fish', now available everywhere.
And then you get
"OY YOU CAN'T FISH HERE WE'VE GORRA MATCH ON":p:eek::p
 
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