…okay, the title is a litt-… okay, maybe more than a little misleading.
Fishing can actually be a lot of fun! I just had my first fishing experience about a week ago and it didn’t go as I’d originally thought it would- meaning I thought it would be both boring and frustrating.
So why the misleading title then?
I realized that with fishing you have to have the right attitude and patience for it, if not then it will suck.
While I may have just had my first try, I ran into a few obstacles that nearly killed my inner peace.
Prepare for ‘Story-Time’ meets ‘Fishing Struggles,’ based on my amateur, first-time experience.
Uno. My husband LOVES fishing, but he’d told me that the waiting part of it can be overwhelming, especially when all you’ve done is sit/stand/move around all day, waiting for fishies to bite… and for your day to end with a few catch or worse! NO FISH!
Yes. NO FISH.
How are people so obsessed with fishing? I don’t think I have the right answer for that… although it might have something to do with having a sense of achievement.
Dos. Ahhh, good ole fish line. Don’t you love it when it gets all tangled up? Or when you try throwing it out only for it to end up in a knot around your rod in such a way that you feel you’re stuck trying to figure out a rubik’s cube.
You want to know what the worst part is about having your hook stuck? It’s thinking you caught a fish only for that “fish” to turn into a rock or a log.
I enjoy a nice day out in the sun; I love sun tanning…
…But what I want to avoid is looking like I’m auditioning for the role of an Oompa Loompa.
You’ll probably be out all day in the sun if you’re out on a boat or if you’re favorite place doesn’t have shade. Some people choose to wear long sleeves because of this, but when temperatures rise as high as 98 degrees? I don’t think so.
Which brings me to point numero quatro:
Get ready to feel the burn!
If you’re out in the sun for a long time, have little to no skin covering, and have failed (like a fool) to apply (and reapply) sunscreen… you best pray you can endure the pain for God knows how long.
FYI, in case you’re thinking I got sunburned, no, I did not. But this is something that has happened to people.
Watching your pro friends/fishing buds catch fish while you’re line is caught again or while you’re waiting for fish to bite…
This could probably be the worst part of fishing, unless of course you keep to yourself and stay focused.
I was kinda hoping for beginner’s luck where I’d score at least 3 fish in one day, only to wrestle with my line 98% of the time.
All that being shared, I’m happy to say that even though fishing was a challenge in itself–
1. I didn’t get bored as I thought I would. ( I’d brought a book along for the adventure with the thought that if fishing turned out as I thought it would, at least I’d have something to do.)
2. I DID catch a fish! It was no hulk fish, but it was A FISH!
10 min before it was time to go, the heavens parted and God decided to humor me.
I’d decided to have my last throw, fully accepting the fact that I’d probably never catch any fish, when the unexpected occurred…
Yes, I’d been struggling with my tangled line 98% of the time and thought I’d had gotten the end caught at the bottom again when my husband, after being told I was stuck again and came to my aid, yelled, “Oh, babe! You caught a fish!”
How’d it happen? I don’t know.
But, here’s the receipt:
Patience and consistency paid off.
3. No Sunburn but I did get an ugly tan line. I’d applied sunscreen before I’d stepped out into the shade-less fishing spot my husband enjoys going to.
4. A new learning experience. Sure, it may not have been on my bucket list, but at least I stepped out and tried something new.
Would I do it again? Maybe.
Is it my cup of tea? Not really.
Did I enjoy myself with my spouse? Oh yes. He was excited when I told him I’d join him since he’d been trying to convince me to try it for a long time. Seeing him happy to see me trying something he loves was worth the trip and the struggle.
As mentioned above, people do get terrible sunburns from being exposed to the sun for long periods of time without sun protection/sunscreen.
Be sure to apply sunscreen 18 min before sun exposure if you plan to take a fishing trip. I don’t care if you’ve never had a sunburn; A fool once said that and got burnt anyway. Reapply sunscreen every two hours if you’re going to be out in the sun for a while.
Also, stay hydrated! I was happy to have a good number of water bottles with me. During midday, you can imagine how hot it can get, especially in Cali. The last thing you want to suffer from is dehydration, headaches, or heat stroke.
When in doubt, research the essentials for a safe and fun fishing trip!