|Fishing is as old as human life, and a necessity for its
survival in some regions. Fish are as plentiful as any other
biological forms, and very interesting to eat as well as catch
and study. From the skillet to the aquarium, a fish can make us
feel good inside or out, depending on our interaction with it.
Fishing has even been used as a spiritual metaphor in
Christianity when Jesus urged His disciples to become "fishers
From the farmer's pond to all of the seven seas, fish abound in
all sizes, colors, and shapes. Their uses vary from one place to
another, but predominantly we catch fish to eat them or to mount
them somewhere as trophies. Some make great pets or stress
relievers in fish bowls.
If you are planning a fishing trip, make sure you take along
all the essentials that will make the experience worthwhile and
1. Bring the right gear. As you become a more seasoned
fisherman, you will know which tackle box to bring. From lures
to rod and reel, you will need to take into account the body of
water where you will be, since freshwater lake fishing is very
different from deep-sea fishing. Conditions and specimens will
vary by watery environment and global region, so the wise
fisherman will understand something of the prevailing
conventions and conditions before heading out.
2. Dress for the occasion. If you're ice fishing, don't forget
thermal underwear and insulated footgear. While in the tropics,
apply sunscreen liberally and dress light. If you're not used to
large waves and are headed out to the open sea, take along
motion sickness medicine or wear the patch. A hat, sunglasses,
and a watch are all helpful while fishing.
3. Safety first. If you're manning the boat, make sure you know
how to operate it and what to do in case of emergency. Check
weather and boat traffic conditions in the area where you plan
to fish. Wear a life preserver or keep one close by. Take along
a radio or cell phone so you can contact the Coast Guard if you
run into trouble. Avoid using alcoholic beverages while fishing,
as many boating accidents are associated with its use. Make sure
the boat is in good condition before taking it out.
Wherever you go, or whatever you fish for, have fun doing it.
Just be sure you plan ahead and take along everything you need
to be prepared for any unexpected circumstances. Check with
fishing experts before you go, or take someone who is
knowledgeable with you. You can buy a book or even rent videos
on many kinds of fishing, so learn all you can before you go to
have a great time.
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