When you go fishing, you are bound to meet many kinds of anglers. It will be even more obvious to notice their behaviour when you are confined on a boat together in the middle of the sea for a few nights. Let's see how many of them have you encountered and which type do you belong to.
1. The Clumsy Angler
They are potential hazards to everyone fishing around them. They often forget to open the bail arm during casting, resulting in the sinker, bait and of course hooks to swing back violently. Not to mention that they are able to cast anywhere except the spot straight ahead of them. Usually you will not set hook into your own flesh but the clumsy angler standing next to you will carry out the job.
2. The Tackle Freak
He has a cabinet in his living room showcasing the range of reels and rods that he owns, and very likely most of them have never been used. He is more of a collector than an angler. Once a while he will take one of his priced reel out and marvel at his own reflection on the glossy finishes.
3. The 'Dabao' King
'Dabao' is a term in chinese dialect which means 'packet'. In local Singaporean context, it means 'take-away' and to an angler, it means keeping the fish inside the plastic bag. To be the 'king' of take-aways, bascially you have to be able to consume anything and everything that you can catch. Be it baby fish, cute fish, poisonous fish, shoe... wait a minute, can a shoe be eaten?
Slogan of a 'Dabao' King in local language: 'Can eat or not doesn't matter, if I throw back, other people will also catch it. Keep it first lar.'
4. The Super Well Prepared Angler
He has all the different types of rigs tied and ready. Whatever items you forget to bring, he will have a spare to lend to you. Whenever you are too lazy or meet with a fishing frenzy and your hands are trembling too much with excitement to tie any rigs, he will have all the types of rigs you will need in his pouch. He is no doubt welcomed by most anglers.
5. The Sexy Angler
This type of angler is even more welcomed than the Super Well Prepared. Usually dressed only in sun shades and a bikini, the anglers around will never get bored even when the fish are not biting. There will definitely be no lack of help if she needs to tie a knot, unhook a fish or put on suntan lotion. Stop staring at the picture below and move on!
6. The Automysophobic Angler
"The worm is squirming, yeew!", "The squid will leave a smell on my fingers!", "There's fish slime on my hands!"
The Sexy Angler is often also a Automysophobic Angler. Perhaps that's how they maintain their immaculate skin. Anyway this is not a big problem to them as there are always the 'Nothing-to-do-but-flirt' angler to do all the dirty jobs for them.
7. The Afraid to Lose Angler
Whenever you catch a fish, he will start cursing his luck instead of congratulating you on your catch. And if you catch the second fish right after the first, the next thing you know, you find him standing beside you shoulder touching shoulder. He believes that the fish is concentrated only around your line, or perhaps he thinks that he can pass some of his cursed luck to you, and often, this really happens because it will result in a messy line entanglement with his line and yours.
8. The Compassionate Angler
The Compassionate Angler is always very worried that he or she has inflicted pain on the fish lips by hooking it and does not dare to unhook it. There will be feeble attempts to take away the hook but his or her actions are just too pathetic to get anything done. However, this is not an issue if she is also the Sexy Angler. Not applicable if it's a he though.
9. The Commando Angler
Their survival instinct is so strong that they are able to bash through any thick and dense forestation in search for their prey. Rough terrain and extreme weather is no barrier to them. Any pile of dried wood can transform their catch into a hot tasty meal. For the less seasoned ones who do not know how to start a fire, the traditional Japanese sashimi style is the way.
10. The Precision Angler
They can be considered the cream of the crop. Every fishing equipment has to be precise to the fishing method and the type of fish they are targeting. From the size of reel, length of rod, poundage of line, material of hooks, type of sunglasses, to colour of his lucky charm, etc. Everything has its specific role for various occasions. Not to mention that their casting is also precision spot on casting. If you accidentally drop your slipper into the sea, he is the right one to lasso it back with his fishing line.