Fishing Month Is Here
You may well wonder what the attraction of fishing is. Before I go any further, I should let you know that I love fishing even though I am a rubbish fisherman. Not only am I hopeless at it, all I ever seem to catch is seaweed or blowfish. Each as inedible as the other.
Ok, I know some people do eat seaweed. Each to their own I say.
There are a few different types or techniques of fishing.
Fly fishing is done using a very flexible, whippy rod matched with a special reel and is usually the preserve of the freshwater fisherman after trout, salmon and grayling. Fly fishing can be done in still water such as lochs or lakes. You can also fish in large rivers, estuaries or tiny little streams. It can be done from the shore, dinghy, or by wading into the water up to chest deep!
You are always active when fly fishing. I enjoy fly fishing immensely even though I have never caught anything. Fly fishing is a good way to clear the mind while getting some good fresh air into your lungs.
Bait fishing is done with a stiffer rod and reel or a handline. I have seen both can be used to great effect from piers and boats. I have caught herring from Esperance Jetty (while it was still there) using a handline.
You can bait fish from the shore or from a boat. Bait fishing can give you an opportunity to either have a day out with friends or by yourself. Cast your bait, sit back and watch for the tip of your rod twitching. Or just use bait fishing as an excuse to get out of the house to read a book in a lovely location. If you catch a couple of fish then that is a great bonus.
Rock fishing is another form of bait fishing, except that you do it from rocks on the coastline. It looks as if these two rock fishermen do not suffer from vertigo
Fishing from rocks is a dangerous sport. There have been several deaths of rock fishermen in Western Australia each year. They simply get washed off the rocks by a king wave and are lost at sea. Sometimes the body is recovered.
If you decide you want to give rock fishing a go, make sure that you tell someone where you are going and when you should be expected back. An absolute must when rock fishing is tying yourself to a stake.
Spinning is where you use a rod and reel casting an artificial bait called a lure. When spinning you are always active and will probably be walking along the shore. This type of fishing is an active one. You hardly ever stop moving around.
This form of the sport is where you compete against other anglers. Sometimes the object is to see who can catch the biggest variety of species within a set time. Or it may be to catch as many of the same species possible and release them after a weigh-in to find out who has the biggest “bag.”
So there you have it. What is the attraction of recreational fishing?
It is a sport that takes you outdoors and engages you with nature. It also gives you the choice of doing it by yourself or with friends.