The other day I overheard two old coots in the Old Coots and Biddies Restaurant, discussing the fine art of fishing at a local man-made lake. Just before I left I heard one say, "I never go out there to the plain Plains Lake, 'cuz there ain't no damned fish in it". This comment brought to mind my old adage which is, fishing ain't about catching fish. What it is about is, communing. Communing with nature, or a friend, or both...and of course, having a brew or two with said friend...and nature. I am speaking for myself, mind you.
|Breakfast at the Old Coots and Biddies Restaurant|
My brother is a dedicated fisherman of the traditional order... aka, an angler. That is, he goes fishing with the intent of...bringing back a fish or two...and usually a particular type of fish. However, that doesn't preclude doing it with a friend and several brews if the occasion arises.
The validity of my adage can be seen in the time my brother and his then teenage son were surf fishing on a beach down in South Florida. At one point, unexpectedly, my brother felt a piercing pain just below his right shoulder. You've probably guessed that the pain was the result of one of those by-God big ass, salt water fishing hooks...attached to the line on his son's rod and reel...and my brother's back. It was so deep they had to rush to the emergency room and get it dug out.
What is my point you ask? My point is, if my brother could have given up the manly idea that he had to catch a fish and instead had just gotten into the Zen of being there...sans hook...and bait...and just popped the top on the Heineken's and dropped the line in the water...he wouldn't have had to have those 10 stitches in his back. True, he may have gotten a DUI later in the day...but that is another post.
Pictured below is the fish I believe they were fishing for (probably a damned good thing he didn't catch it):
I will admit that it is unclear as to whether my fishing philosophy applies to that other type of angling...one that has it's own peculiar angle...and hook.
|The Fisher of Men|