There is a lake near where you live that is a very good place for you to go fishing. In this lake is a large mouth bass that is larger than the normal sized bass. It weighs 8 pounds and is growing with each passing day. It's life is quite comfortable because it spends most of its time lurking in the waters off a point of the shore that juts out into the lake. This is a perfect place for the bass to live since this area of the lake has shallow water and it has deep water. As the weather changes the bass moves from the shallows to the depths or vice versa, to a place where it is most comfortable. In the shallows near the bank is where it easily captures small bream, shad and the occasional frog for a meal. In the depths around some of the dead trees that were covered by water when the lake was created, is where the bass feeds at other times. This is a perfect haunt for the bass because of the schools of bait fish that frequent the area. It is easy for the fish to have a meal there. As you already know this bass is a born predator. She will eat any other fish that she can find no matter where they live.
You may ask what does this have to do with reasons why you should go fishing. Well, I am going to tell you. You are interested in a challenge, whether its when you play softball, play tennis, or participate in any other competition, at work, at home, or anywhere else. You can consider that this bass has given you a dare. The bass through no thought or emotion of its own creates a challenge for you. In its perfect environment with all the food it could ever ask for and nothing to challenge its life, the bass has given you the first reason for you to go fishing. She has laid down a challenge for you to come and catch her. In order for you to accept this challenge you have to understand where she lives, what she eats, where she will be in the water when you try to fish for her. You need to know as much as possible about her lifestyle to be successful in catching her.
Your daily work is surely a challenge to you, but it is greatly different from the challenge you are given by the bass. At some point you may need to have a break from your daily challenges. You need to give yourself some different opportunities to work on something else for a while. It is a good thing to relieve the stress of your daily job and substitute those stresses with the challenge of trying to catch the bass that lurks in the depths. Leaving your job stress behind to go into nature is the second reason for you to go fishing. You will be able to enjoy scenery and focus on the calm of nature for a change. You will be rejuvenated once you get back to your daily work.
Not only do you need relief from daily stress, but you could stand to have a break from the monotony of everyday life. If you are like me you become excited when you realize that you can have a break from monotony to do something different. You can go fishing and do something different, something that you like to do, away from everyday humdrum. Build some excitement back into your life! When you return you will have improved your outlook on daily tasks that you have to do. When I go to the lake to fish I get a great lift in my spirits, being away from my usual activities. Give your mind a break, go fishing! This is your third reason.
Hark back to some memories from your childhood. If you are like me the time I spent with my Dad when we went fishing are very precious. It gave us a chance to experience something together that will last forever. My Dad is gone now, but I remember with deep gratitude the time he chose to spend with me, fishing. Some times we were successful and caught fish, and other times we did not catch fish. All those times have generated great memories for me because my Dad cared enough about me to take me fishing. This is reason four of why you should go fishing. I do remember the day my Dad caught a 4 pound bass. It is a great memory. You have an 8 pounder waiting for you!
Reason five is the chance you have to break your kids away from their daily routine, the video games, TV shows, and other distractions of daily life. You can take them fishing. Show them what going to the lake is about. Give them some new experiences and teach them how to fish. If you did not learn to fish when you were young then you need to do some research about how to do it. Believe me it is not difficult. It was a great bonding period for my family when I was young and has become a bonding experience for me and my kids. Goes a long way to knock down some of the stuff that keeps you from being closer to your family members and builds excellent memories. Just think of the story that your kids will have to tell when one of you catch that giant bass or any fish!
Being successful at fishing is much easier now than it was just a few years ago. This is the sixth reason for you to go fishing. Even though the times I spent fishing my Dad were memorable, the times that I remember most were those when we caught fish. Years ago when you went fishing you had to guess about where the fish were, so that you could catch them. That was what they would call “fisherman's luck”. Technology has gradually improved this “luck” for fishermen as time has passed. Now you have the ability to reduce the time you spend looking for where the fish are by using sonar technology that can show where they are under the water. You will spend more time building memories of catching fish. You will be able to see that 8 pounder under the water. Being able to read a fish finder screen and identify the objects under the water is key to your fishing success. Know how to identify that 8 pounder! It is up to you to catch her!
Technology has improved so much that it can now help you maneuver your boat into a position where the fish are easier for you to catch them. The trolling motors of today do not disturb the water where fish are located, but they also allow you to have a high resolution image of where fish are under the water. This improves your chance of catching the an 8 pounder and not just scare her away. This is your seventh reason to go fishing. If you are properly equipped there is a greater chance that you will catch fish when you go. You may have to spend some time learning how to use the technology correctly, but that time will be well spent when you get on the water. You will be able to see the 8 pounder and move your boat silently near her location. Then you will have the chance to catch her!
A chart of your local lake is probably now available to give you instant visibility of the entire contour structure of the bottom of your local lake. Charts are available for a lot of lakes in the U. S. In addition to being able to see the point that juts out into the lake where the 8 pounder lives, you can also see all the structures under that lake on a map that is created to be viewed with your fish finder. Your chance of catching many more fish by identifying where they live is vastly improved. You can plan in advance where you want to try to catch fish based on the structures that are under the lake water. Combine this with your fish finder identification of fish and you should have a successful day of fishing. Under water mapping charts give you the eighth reason for going fishing. Make it easy on yourself, do your research before you go.
Trying to stay on the spot where the fish are located used to be a difficult task, especially when the wind was blowing even just a little bit. You had to paddle and paddle. Sometimes you could stay in the location you wanted, but in other conditions it just was not possible because of the wind or current. Now technology of trolling motors will keep you whenever you want to stay or move you to a different spot if you want to move. You don't have to paddle there. You can locate the 8 pounder with your fish finder and program your trolling motor to keep you on the spot until you have had your chance to catch her. Less work is your ninth reason for going fishing.
Your tenth reason for going fishing is having the chance to catch the 8 pounder. You notice I said “having the chance”. Even with all the technology that is available for helping you to have a reason to go fishing, you still have to have the ability to catch the fish. Technology cannot do that for you. That will take some learning and practice on your part. It is a good idea for you to do as much homework before heading to the lake as possible. Expert fisherman who have a lot of skill can be a great source of information, especially if they have extensive experience with the lake that you are going to fish. Now you have a reason so just go and have fun fishing. That 8 pounder is waiting for you!