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Many individuals can not appreciate the reasons to fish and much has to do with temperament. If all one fished for was for material benefit or fame, than he or she are in for a rude awakening. Many anglers I know fished for that reason and stopped completely after a dozen years of not be able to improve above a certain level and seeing that as the reason to abandon the sport. Funny though, they were excellent bass anglers but let ego get in the way.

After I caught my first smallmouth bass on a yellow Mr. Twister grub in a local shallow river, I was hooked. But why? And why hasn't the hobby gotten old after a few years?

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For me it's just the fun and relaxation of being outdoors, like Ron said the peace and quite, having fun with friends and the chance of catching that fish of a lifetime. In the end it's like the old saying goes " a bad day fishing is better than a good day working"

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Relaxation, the ability to teach my kids, having a hobby I know no matter how upset I am I'm just a tacklebox and rod and reel away from solice. And oh yea... The thrill! When that bass blows up that top water lure and your heart begins to thumb, or that trout takes your rod and bends it in half or even watching your son reel in a 1 lb blue gill like its a 8lb monster.

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It's the Juice!

The one on one, the matching of wits with one of natures creations that does it for me.

Its like a bear hunter on Kodiac Island stalking a Grizzly..

An Elk hunter in Wyoming...

Trolling for a Blue Marlin off Belize...

For a bass fisherman its the quiet at first light...

The anticipation when you pick up a rod and make that first cast...

The sun coming up over the trees

It's all that and more but you get the picture

Mike

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Escape from daily life is probably number one on my list. I find fishing and being out in nature to be so relaxing it's like nothing else even matters while I'm there, and when a fish takes the line, that feeling you get inside that feels like it can't be contained is overwhelmingly addictive. You just have to have more. It's costed me me a lot of time and money in persute of it. That part there can't really be explained, you just feel it or you don't. Very strangely, I've known people who have caught fish, some quite nice, and claimed to have felt nothing and did not continue in the sport. So weird!

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It's a valid question. 

 

After thinking about it seriously, this is what I've come up with.

 

Throughout the 50 years plus that I've had the pleasure of inhabiting this world, I've had a few true loves.

Parents, Wives, Children, and Family.  Besides these there was also a different kind of love; love for my career, brother & sisters in arms, and my service. The sports teams I've "Loved" have changed a little and there is a certain passion there too, but again it's different. And there's no doubt my dogs play a big role too.

But Fishing, and I'm talking about the experience not the statistics, grabbed a hold of me as a young boy and just never let go.

Through all of life's trials and tribulations, smiles and tears, cross roads & hurdles, it's fishing that has always been there.

And it's the Only thing that still brings me back to that very special innocent and carefree feeling of being a boy.

 

A-Jay

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We fish for the same reason people play golf, or bowl, play tiddlywinks, or play cards.  Because they are all sources of pleasure and enjoyment.  They are diversions.  They are challenges.

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Ever since I was 5-6 years old, Ive been addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes from having a fish on the end of your line. And even when I'm not catching, there's always the possibility that I will catch the fish of a life-time at any moment. Its relaxing, its outdoors, and its great stress relief. It can be exhilarating and relaxing at the same time. I fish because I can't think of ANYTHING I would rather do.

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I think the biggest driver for me is "the chase".  I spend so much time trying to understand how this little green fish "thinks"... and my goal is that each day I come closer to understanding him.  Why?  Maybe I think that I also get closer to understanding myself... and others.  We're all animals, and we share many of the same primitive instincts.  To learn one species is to learn them all.

 

Plus everything that everybody else said. :)

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We are hard wired to hunt/gather, and random reward patterns are addictive.

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If I have to explain, you'll never understand!

No explanations necessary. Everyone's different and each has the same or unique reasons the hobby/sport means a lot.  I'm sure many of my reasons are different than yours and maybe a few which are the same. In any case why not share a few? ....or not.

 

I'm going to read all of the great replies again before I share mine with my fellow anglers on BR. We should never, ever lose sight of the importance angling is in our lives, regardless.

 

Thanks everyone - keep em com'n !

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I go to fish, I don´t go to catch. I measure my success by how much fun I had and not by how many I caught.

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I fish because it's an amazing thing to do. It puts me in touch with nature. It's intensely relaxing and lets me unwind. It's one of the greatest activities in existence because you can do it at any age. You can do it the way you want to as well as make it as challenging as you want. If you want to sit out with live bait and a bobber you can do that and catch fish. If you want to spend $1000's of dollars on gear and go out and hunt fish down you can do that too. People can find enjoyment in either and that's what so great about it. Something else that's great about fishing is it's always a challenge. You are never assured to catch anything and we're always trying to figure out how to catch more. And finally, there's the anticipation factor. You have no idea what's going to happen on the next cast. The mystery of not knowing is what will keep you coming back time and time again. 

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For the peace of mind.

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The good ol' outdoors. To be honest the only reason i bring my phone or have a smart phone is to take pics of fish and send to my buddies and uncle, vis versa. Every one wants to live in such a high pace world and,thats not what i want. Im not talking about living 80 miles in the middle of now where. Just not having social media is a big difference, but alot of people i know are on facebook, instagram, twitter. Every second. This website is my "Social media". Fishing is an escape from everything. Sometimes i go and fish for bull head but most of the time Concentrating on catching fish is an escape in its self.

If i sound like 5tg grader sorry im on ny phone for the next week.

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Its a game I know nobody can ever score a perfect game on but I want to get as close as possible

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I fish because I'm in the moment.  When I fish, I am.  I don't have to judge myself, worry about what others think of me, or even think about serious problems in my life.  When I'm fishing, and really in the groove, I'm one with everything.

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well i feel like i know what im doing but when im not catching them and i feel like i dont know i love finding out why but does suck when you dont find out that for sure lol

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because it's not just about catching fish, it is about relaxing.  Fishing is also a giant game of strategy so it is very intellectually stimulating even if you don't catch many for a while.

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I like to look at the lake or body of water as a new canvas that our good Lord has given us to look at for the day. It can be so full of peace and stress relief. Even if we loose a few it's not like the hassel of the fast lane we all love to get away from. I go fishing to catch fish too...if I just went to look I might be a painter but I enjoy the thrill of the catch and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Tight Lines

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When I was still working the weekend fishing was a great stress reliever. Now that I am retired I have fished in some of the most beautiful places in our country and now have the time to research and experiment with different techniques. Fishing is now a hobby that I greatly enjoy regardless of how few fish I have been catching this past winter.

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I've come up with a synopsis of thoughts many of you posted, many that apply to me.

 

contest just between you and the fish

 

being in the outdoors enjoying  nature and for peace and quiet

 

I like trying to fool a live creature with an artificial (challenge)

 

opportunity to spend time with my teenage son.; opportunity to teach my kids (family activity)

 

quiet, having fun with friends (social)

 

anticipation when you pick up a rod and make that first cast. ; the heart beats a little faster as you feel the pull on your line. (expectancy can be so much fun!)

 

Escape from daily life is probably number one on my list ; great stress relief

 

random reward patterns are addictive; You just have to have more.(gambler tendency many have)

 

It's cost me me a lot of time and money in pursuit of it. (time and money well spent)

 

always trying to figure out how to catch more ; a giant game of strategy so it is very intellectually stimulating (mentally stimulating)

 

I go to fish, I don´t go to catch. I measure my success by how much  fun I had and not by how many I caught.

 

the experience not the statistics, grabbed a hold of me as a young boy and just never let go.

 

Through all of life's trials and tribulations, smiles and tears, cross roads & hurdles, it's fishing that has always been there. (one of life's anchors)

 

Only thing that still brings me back to that very special innocent and carefree feeling of being a boy; (simple enjoyment).

 

Challenge ; trying to understand how this little green fish "thinks"... and my goal is that each day I come closer to understanding him. (problem solving that never ends and is rewarding in itself)

 

amazing thing to do (the pursuit of being pleasantly surprised)

 

The mystery of not knowing ; when a fish strikes, the rush of , what do I do now and what's that fish going to do now - simultaneously!

 

Concentrating on catching fish is an escape = I fish because I'm in the moment

 

research and experimenting (knowing and the pursuit of it)

 

For myself, I no longer think like a fish because just having a thought is an attribute of higher life forms. (No clearly thinking fish would ever think of eating a chartreuse plastic worm! ; )  )  So the mystery began years ago - what are the many ways to provoke a fish to strike in order to continue to get the thrill of having  been totally right about something (for a change) LOL?!! This also includes catching fish in the right area (such as a spot occupied by that big girl minding her own business!); using the right lure and presentation (one of many that might not have worked). No one can argue with success!

 

The feelings of satisfaction and thankfulness when it all comes together. Some force or being let it happen, no questions asked or payment expected, plus our ability to appreciate the simple things is a blessing many will never know.

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For me its the getaway. I love the challenge of trying to figure out what a bass wants to eat, then trying to make that bait look as life like as possible.

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I fish for the chance of landing the fish of a lifetime, you never know it could be your next cast...

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