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Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:14 pm
by millipede
I had to create a new topic since I created a new section of the forum specifically for fish.
I find fish to be quite fascinating. There are times I wish I was a fish as I LOVE being under water. Don't know what it is...
But I just find fish interesting with just how different than can be... whether they blend in with their surroundings or are just amazingly colorful...

I have a lot of fond memories of fishing when I was younger. My dad used to take us a lot when we were kids. It's been a while since I've really fished much... after my dad passed away a couple months ago, I went to walmart and got a fishing license. It had been a while. I plan on creating memories with my own children......

While I like the idea of eating fish, I don't always know how much I can trust the water I fish in... not to mention, I've never cleaned and cooked a fish before. So...... I've always been a catch and release guy.
My oldest daughter and I have been working on a life list of birds and we've been thinking it might be fun to have a life list for ALL animals... so, I MIGHT start a life list for the fish I've seen in person. I don't think it will be a long list... and it will take some time to grow it... but it will be interesting just the same. :)

Re: fishing...

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:31 am
by Nicki
I used to love fishing, but then I kinda got burned out after a while. Recently though I have thought about fishing again. I like fishing for bream and crappie, but my husband loves bass fishing. We went catfishing a while back but I didn't really care for that, you just set the lines and was too boring for me LOL.

Re: fishing...

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:02 pm
by millipede
We haven't been too recently though I have been thinking of it. There's something relaxing about it. I agree, just sitting there doing nothing at all would be boring... too much work would be well, too much work... but that nice relaxing, sit back, cast your line and reel something in once in a while... it's just right.

Re: fishing...

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:55 am
by millipede
Going through all the topics... I don't go fishing anymore. I enjoyed it... it really was relaxing but, I've found other ways to relax in a similar manner that doesn't cost money, doesn't mean working with bait and getting tangled in line..... and more importantly, doesn't impact nature the same way.
I've kind of joked before how fun and entertaining it is to take a sharp piece of metal and jab it through an animals face. Sort of in a cynical joking kind of way did I say that... Sticking a hook into a fish's mouth so I can feel good about capturing the creature just to let it go... and, knowing more about wildlife these days, I've learned there are other problems.
Fishing line gets left behind by a lot of people and can get tangled around birds' feet and cause other issues. Another big one is lead. Many people use lead weights and that is often left inside fish which are then eaten by other animals. Combing the lead from fishing tackle with lead shot in mammals that can also be consumed by other animals, and you have problems. Bald Eagles have died from lead poisoning, quite literally, from the fish and other scraps they may find and eat. It's sad. :(

I don't criticize people for fishing as I know it's an age old pass time and a family tradition for most. And I definitely don't criticize anyone for fishing for food. While technically "not necessary" to hunt and gather our own food today, I have a lot of respect for people that fish and hunt for food. It's providing for your family and it's a good skill to have.
I'm not a fan of doing those things for "sport" but that's another subject.
At any rate, I've chosen to lose interest in fishing, personal choice, but I'll definitely leave this section up as I know it's a very popular outdoor activity.

I'll write more about birding some day but, I've found that it can be done in a way that would satisfy the things you get from either hunting or fishing... the looking for and finding something exciting(the hunt) as well as the lazy relaxing aspect of fishing.

Re: fishing...

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:07 pm
by Nicki
I hardly ever get to fish anymore; I fished for a few minutes at my aunt's lake on the 4th of July, but with a rambunctious 3 year old it was pretty hard to keep him still LOL. My husband loves to fish and if the fish is big enough, we do eat them. I'm not into hunting at all though - like you, I'm ok with people who hunt for food, but I cannot stand trophy hunters. They make me sick!