Monday, January 2, 2017

Pros Vs Cons On Casting A Line

It's winter(ish) in Texas. When I say "winter," I mean that we never get snow in my parts. If we do, it's a light dusting. In fact we've been quite warm lately. Just this past week, we've had highs in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. So, this left me able to get a line in the water quite often.

If you're looking to start fishing or just started, I'm going to go through a few things that may or may not help. Once you've gotten used to it all, you become immune to the cons. It just becomes a part of the experience. It becomes part of the joy of it all. If you remember in my past post, I talked about why I fish. You become one with nature, and you forget about all of your problems for that very short time you're staring at the water.

Just a woman and her pole

It's time to go through the pros of fishing first.... Then we'll move onto the cons. Although I must admit, some pros could be cons and some cons could be pros. It depends all on your perspective!

Pros
  • No worries in the world. Seriously, you just think about catching fish.
  • You get to spend time with family/friends
  • You don't have to worry about checking Facebook, Snapchat and all those other social media places. I have a "No social media" rule when I go.
  • Catching fish. This should have been #1... The whole reason you go fishing is to catch fish.
  • You get to try out new techniques, lures, etc. The fun part is figuring out what our swimming finned ones want. It won't always be on the first try. Eventually you just get better!
  • You can become addicted. Think of it this way- you get some exercise.
  • You get to handle all kinds of species of fish. This is fun!
  • You're creating memories you can share with your friends, kids, grandkids, etc. Treasure those.
Cons

  • You lose tackle. You can lose an expensive lure. This is frustrating in and of itself simply that if you spent $25 on a lure, you don't really want to see it sink to the bottom of a lake.
  • You get hooked (no pun intended.) The hooks can turn back on you and get stuck in you. This can be very painful, depending on how deep it actually goes.
  • Weather can turn on you. It can be sunny one second and storming the next. You don't want to be stuck outside when it's lightning, so watch the weather before leaving!
  • You can become addicted. Some may say you'll be fishing too much, just take it in stride.
  • Some days you don't get a bite. You can be the best fisherman in the world, and you'll have a day when the fish aren't hungry. It happens.
  • Fishing is not cheap. When you add the bait, poles, lures, reels, etc? You'll be spending a boatload (HA!) of money. If you're on a tight budget, I'd suggest digging for your own bait. 
  • There's more to it than just tossing your line out there and hoping to catch the "big one." Do your research first. I had two great teachers, and I was able to learn the ins and outs of it all.

The bottom line? Fishing isn't for everyone. Some may find it quite boring since you're out there for hours. You have to take the good with the bad, and turn it into a new hobby/sport/way of life.

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