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3 Surprising Reasons Why Fishing is Cool, Pass it On!
There are plenty of obvious reasons why fishing just might be one of the coolest outdoor activities… there are the feelings of accomplishment that come with mastering new techniques, learning new fishing tips, uninterrupted time spent with family or friends, the thrill of reeling in a nice catch, and the stunning sunset views on the water.
However, there are also some less obvious or somewhat surprising reasons why fishing is cool. So, do me a favor, add the below to your existing “fishing is cool just because…” list, and then pass the message along to a non-fisherperson you know. Let’s get someone new hooked!
You get to learn about how fish protect themselves against predators and prey. The lateral line is a sense organ that consists of a row of scales that most fish have along their sides. The lateral line often extends from the fish’s head to the tail and can be seen fairly prominently on species such as largemouth bass or snook. Under the row of scales are a system of fluid-filled canals and specialized cells that transmit vibrations to the fish’s brain in order to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water, including predators and prey.
You get to experiment with different types of cool lures and artificial baits. There are an infinite number of lures and artificial baits on the market that you can test out on different species using a variety of fishing tips or techniques. Stroll down the aisle of your local tackle shop or outdoor sporting goods store and you will find everything from lures that resemble schooling baitfish to soft plastic baits that change color or glow in the dark.
You get to pack and eat special, non-perishable fishing snacks. I don’t know what it is, a heightened level of senses while outdoors perhaps but, I can grab a handful of dry roasted almonds or pretzels while I’m fishing and they always seem to taste ten times better than when I’m eating them on the couch at home. Wait… let me clarify, that is provided that you remember to rinse the bait smell off of your hands first.
Do you have another surprising reason why you think fishing is cool? Comment underneath this post on the TakeMeFishing.org Facebook Page and let us know what it is!
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.