"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm is terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." - Vincent Van Gogh
The history of fishing with lines and hooks dates back to about 7,000 years ago. What is so captivating about this sport that has kept us hooked for so many milliennia?
1. Close to nature
In fact, an angler has to be close enough to be able to read the language of nature. You have to be sensitive to the sights and sounds around you, feel where the current flows, study the tides and observe the ever unpredictable weather to help you catch fish. You will have the lush rainforest as your background, listening to the whisper of the distant waterfall with the light fragrance of wet earth lingering around you as you wait for the fish to strike your lure. An experience that we are all looking forward to but yet hard to come by in our modern world.
2. Bonding time
With just you and your son, your friend, or your wife, involved in the same activity in the woods by the river, or on a boat in the middle of the sea, what you have is just each other. There are no disturbances from anyone else, it feels like there are only you and your companion in this world at that moment. Is there any other better way to connect with each other?
3. Alone time
At times when you are fishing alone, your only companion becomes you yourself. This is the time when you connect and understand yourself better. It allows you to keep your mind clear. In fact many anglers feel refreshed and recharged after fishing. We are often tied down with our daily responsibilities and chores which prevents our minds from going into deep thought. This inhibits creativity and lessens productivity. And if you are searching for happiness, to have the ability to spend time alone is the key.
4. Exotic places