It was my first day back at this position and we had our VIP Rewards Night. It was nice coming back and seeing a lot of familiar and favorite faces. Catching up was a lot of fun especially being able to show off my wedding band. It’s not just for ladies! I mean look at it…
Deer Antler. Wood. Turquoise. Tight.
Anyways, I ended up spending a good amount of time talking to a lovely lady. She had some questions about fishing rod combos and I did my best to help out. We went over the basics and the differences between the basics of fishing rod set ups. She was purchasing a spin caster for a friend but was also curious about spinning and bait casting. And fishermen can argue facts and statistics all day long about what is better and why, just like recreational shooters can, but it really comes down to personal preference.
I learned how to fish on a spin caster. Then as I grew up I got into spinning reels. I haven’t fished with a spin caster since then, but will always have a soft spot for them. They are so simple and easy to use, it’s no wonder why many people start there. Zebco played a pivotal role in my life, just like it has for many others before and after me.
The lady I was talking to seemed worried that getting a spin caster may look childish. That is when I went ahead and said that it really doesn’t matter. You know that phrase “Different strokes for different folks”? Pretty much sums up life, don’t it? She then admitted that she didn’t even really care if she catches anything.
She just likes to get out onto the water and relax. There is this weird bond between us humans and water. Catching a fish is just icing on the cake. And that’s why fishing matters. It gets you outside. It lets you connect to the great outdoors. There is something truly amazing about the tugging on a line with a fish on the hook!
The bonds one can make when taking someone else out fishing goes way deeper than just catching a fish. People who fish, like many other outdoor enthusiasts, care for the outdoors. They are the ones you will see picking up trash left along a stream. They are also the ones that know what is really going on with fish populations and water levels. Fishermen can provide biologists and nature departments with extremely important information regarding the health of water ways.
So next time you’re out on the lake and about to toss your lure at a fishy spot, just remember it’s not about landing “the big one”, it’s about more than that. But it would be sweet to land a lunker too!