Studies or Fishing come first?

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You know I’m a great enthusiast on fishing. I can fish all night long. As long as I have my equipment with me, some food and beer (and maybe a novel), I’m good to go. I don’t have to go home for a day.

Recently, I was fishing along the jetty near my place and this young boy as fishing there too. He was about 17 years old. I was quite amazed. I wonder, why would a young chap like him have so much time to fish? Aren’t they in school? Aren’t they changing the world?

If you know me, I don’t give a damm about my surroundings. I couldn’t care what people around me do. But for this young guy, he caught my attention. He was not there just to have fun. In fact, his fishing equipment can be on par with mine! He has a huge tool box of tackles!

So I went over and have a chat with him.

“Young man, you seemed to be very into fishing yah?”

“Hey thanks. It’s what I love to do when I’m not studying”…

Our chat continued on and on and on… and he later asked me if he can fish for his entire life. The reason being, he has not much interest in learning things taught in school.

He is going to take his O levels soon, and one of the subjects he is weak in, is his Chemistry. He loves Biology (maybe it got to do more with living things and fishing?), but he has no clue what chemistry is about. Atoms? Molecules? Chemicals?

So his parents sent him to O level Chemistry tuition just so that his grades can be improved. The funny thing is? He is contemplating to skip his tuition class which is in the evening (I met him in the afternoon).

So what can a man who has studied before, and also love fishing teach him?

Studies or Fishing?  

Without any doubt, I told him to stop his fishing, and go back to his tuition class. I may look like a discipline master here, killing his interest to tell him to go back to school. But again, I held no responsibility over his grades!

Fishing… there are tons of opportunity to do it.

O levels examination? It will probably be just once in a life time. It is one exam you don’t want to take over and over again. I then gave him a challenge:

If he can go ahead and do well for his O level chemistry, then I will bring him out of this jetty, and into the bigger waters to fish bigger fishes. I will also lend him my tackles and other equipment for future uses.

And maybe catch a big fish like this guy.

big-fish

 

Alright, that’s only if he met the challenge.

I hope today’s entry is not too boring for you. Sorry, no fishing tips today, but a short conversation with a young man whose passion lies deeply in fishing. However, I hope I have helped him get back to school, and also challenge himself to do well, in order to earn a fishing trip!

Why Fishing can be your new sport in 2015

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A recreational activity or hobby helps to maintain a healthy balance in your life. If your hobby is a sport or an outdoor activity, it is even better. There can be several outdoor activities which you can take up as your hobby like Football, Surfing, Swimming, Fishing etc. In my opinion, fishing is a wholesome activity.

It gives you a breath of fresh air. It is entertaining. It allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature all by yourself. First thing to check before you go fishing is that you have an appropriate license. There are a variety of fishing tackles available these days to make your experience more enjoyable.

There are different kinds of hooks, rods, reels and baits available. Choose the hook size according to the type of fish. Number 1 hooks generally fit most types. When you buy your tackle, do not forget to buy tackle storage to keep your space de-cluttered and organized.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your tackle should be according to the water where you will start fishing. Ocean gear is pretty different from freshwater gear. Though you get a variety of bottled baits, its best to use natural baits. This attracts the fish instantaneously. Prey fish, frog, earthworm or other insects make very good natural baits. For fishing, timing is as important as bait.

If there are thousands of fish in the water but they are already well fed, they will never bite the bait. Choose a time when fish are most active. The timing will vary according to the season. Believe it or not, but moon phase has a fairly strong effect on your fishing experience.

During the full moon, fish tend to feed more. Best time is one hour before and after the high tide. You will need to have some practical training for certain things like tying the knots. To be good at this sport, you will also need practice like anything else.

You should also avoid wearing bright clothes,smoking cigarettes and making loud noise. Fish have a fairly good eyesight, smell sense and hearing capacity. Once you have got everything right, it is time to get in real action.

Tie the knot. Cast the Line. Wait Patiently. Hook it when it bites. Roll the reel. If you don’t intend to eat the catch, remove the hook gently and release it back.

If you intend to eat it, make sure that you are fishing in the clean water and you have something to carry the fish in.

Will you be kicking off your new fishing sport in the new year? Try it! Let us know your first steps in fishing.

Plus, stayed tuned to our blog as we share with you more about fishing, tackle, equipment, and anything that will kick start your new hobby!