Let's face it ladies, we do not understand how the fellows in our lives look at fishing as a pastime. We get manicures and pedicures, go on lunch outings with friends, and take in a shopping trip or a nice leisurely walk for relaxation and rejuvenation. For the gentlemen, what constituents as pastime is a little perplexing. How can sitting on a boat, casting a line and waiting countless hours for a fish to potentially bite the line be considered fun or relaxing? For the avid fisherman, his boat, fishing pole, boat accessories and the various baits provide hours of entertainment and the peace and quiet they desire. While we may understand the peace and quiet aspect of the outing, we consider the preparation tedious for an event that might not even result in bringing home a fish.
For the avid fisherman, the pastime of fishing is more like a passion as they collect bragging rights as to what kind of fish they caught and how long and heavy that fish might be. Trying out new coves and areas on a pond or river provide enough of a challenge to make the pastime interesting and entertaining. Getting into the great outdoors and communicating with nature are an added bonus for a fisherman who seeks alone time or time with his child or friend. Fishing as a sport might be left to the professionals; for a fisherman, as a hobby, is more about getting into nature and finding time to quiet the brain.
A fishing hobbyist collects various baits to try, fishing sonar scanning tools to locate the largest fish and other boat accessories to make his fishing experience more precise. The trial and error of fishing accessories is part of the fun for the fisherman. What bait works in certain depths of water, or with certain types of fish, makes the challenge of fishing more fulfilling. Sonar transmissions are designed to show where the fisherman is compared to the bottom of the pond and where the fish are located in a particular area. Boat accessories including radio and life jackets are necessary when embarking upon fishing expedition. Many fishermen have a portable live well for their fresh catches so they can keep their fish alive until they are off the water. Boats need to be stocked with a variety of rods and reels for different type of fishing. And every boat needs to be equipped with a cooler for water, sodas, snacks and other adult refreshments a fishermen may need while out of the water on a leisurely afternoon.
Over the past few years, the hobby of fishing has seen advances in available equipment. Once only available on a professional level, the cost of many fishing accessories have come down enough that an average fisherman can afford and enjoy the benefits of those advances. Sonar and GPS systems are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of a boat and other available equipment. These types of systems have improved the quality and precision of the fishing experience.
Fishing provides an excellent retreat from daily life with the quiet offered by the water. With a boat, a fisherman can escape from the hectic schedule of life to the tranquil waters of a pond or lake. Equipped with an onslaught of fishing and boating accessories, he can sit back, cast his line, pop open the abundance of his choice and relax until the fish bite. Whether he tries new fishing hole or returns to a favorite spot, the adventure of fishing helps relax and calm him. Once he has done a few live ones, he can return home to the chaos he so tried to escape.