National Go Fishing Day, observed annually on June 18, is a great day to take time out of your day to find a stream, lake, or pond, bait your hook, cast your line, and catch a fish or two (or ten). Many people enjoy fishing as a recreational activity, and if you’re lucky, you might bring home a fresh catch.
National Fishing Day
History of National Go Fishing Day
While fishing has been used to feed civilization since the dawn of time, and it is now a major industry with a yearly yield in the billions of dollars, National Go Fishing Day is dedicated to both sport fishing and those who fish for survival (known as subsistence fishing). Fishing is a great way to supplement your diet while having the satisfaction of knowing you caught it yourself, as well as a great way for friends and family to bond. While rod and reel fishing, fly fishing, and bow fishing are the most common forms of fishing, there are many other forms that are practiced around the world for survival and pleasure. Whatever method you prefer, fishing is a wonderful experience that reconnects us with nature and ourselves. Contrary to popular belief, fishing is far more than “One jerk waiting for another jerk at the end of the line.” It is the result of chance combined with three important processes: the state of the fish, how it encounters the tackle, and the composition of that tackle.
Because the Ancient Greeks considered fishermen to be of low social standing, they were rarely depicted in art. Over time, all civilizations that lived near water developed some form of fishing and even relied on fish as a part of their diet to some extent. Eating our catch after a long day of fishing may seem immoral to some, but it is practical for many.
How to celebrate Fishing Day?
- Get out there and fish. If you own a boat, that’s fantastic! If not, invite a friend to join you on your fishing trip. Remember to bring the bait!
- Create a fishing playlist. Get out your Spotify app and create a go-fishing playlist that will inspire your inner fisherman.
- If you can’t go fishing, at least eat some fish. Yes, we did say it. Although it isn’t the same as being out on the water catching your lunch, you can imagine it with every bite at your favorite seafood restaurant or equivalent. You can even defrost that Costco fish and have it grilled for dinner.
How to do fishing?
You might me wondering about how to catch a fish or how to do fishing. Switch off the video games. Put the balls, bats, and other equipment away. It’s time to try something new: fishing. To get started, simply follow these simple steps to catch a fish!
- On this National Fishing Day, if you are planning to go for fishing, all you need is a cane, fiberglass, or graphite pole, which can be purchased for around ten dollars at a bait shop or discount store. Purchase a small spool of monofilament fishing line (6- or 8-pound test for fresh water, 10- or 12-pound test for salt water), a few plastic bobbers, split shot sinkers (BB size), and hooks (size 2 for small bait, up to size 3/0 for larger bait). A small tackle box with divided trays and a carrying handle organizes everything.
- A bait shop sells minnows, night crawlers, red worms, and crickets. However, it is more enjoyable to catch your own. Using a dip net, catch minnows from a nearby creek. Crayfish can be found under stream rocks. Red worms and crickets can be found under logs and leaf litter. Other baits are also effective. Saltwater fish adore shrimp, whether dead or alive. Trout will nibble on corn kernels and cheese. Catfish will consume Ivory soap! Use a small plastic bucket to transport your bait.
- Cut a length of line about a foot longer than your pole’s length. Wrap an end of your pole around the tip and tie it tightly.
- Match the hook to the bait. (For example, 3/0 for long worms and 1/0 for small shrimp.) Tie the hook to the opposite end of the line with a slip-resistant knot, such as “the palomar knot”. (Before pulling tight, wet all knots.) Bad knots cost you good fish.
- You’re all set to go fishing. If you live near the coast, you can catch a variety of saltwater fish near piers and large rocks. If you live inland, a pond is your best bet because they are teeming with bluegills and bass.
- After you’ve baited your hook, place the bobber above your line (two feet for starters, longer if the bait needs to go deeper). Simply extend the pole out over the water and lower it until the bobber floats. Maintain the pole horizontal to the water and steady.
- Allow the fish to bite. Patience is required for fishing! Fish are known to take several minutes to find your baited hook. Take care of your bobber. A fish is nibbling your bait if it jumps or shakes!
- When the bobber is completely submerged, set the hook by rapidly raising the pole. Then, with your pole straight up in the air, swing the fish to you.
- Since, there are various types of fish. Most fish caught from the beach do not have sharp teeth, but they do have spiny fins. Gently but firmly grip the fish behind the head. To remove the hook, use needle-nose pliers.
- Photograph your catch. Then gently return the fish to the water so it can swim away, grow larger, have babies, and be caught another day.
Benefits of Fishing
Fishing has numerous advantages. That isn’t just because you can get a great suntan while sitting on the riverbanks or pond side while fishing, but also because it is a sport that requires a lot of skill and diligence. One of the most significant advantages is that it boosts the immune system! Yes, if you’re doing something you enjoy, your body is constantly healing and strengthening itself. When you combine this with the muscular strength required to reel in that tough carp that has bit the line, you’re really working your cardiovascular system. Isn’t that a good start?
Fishing has the opposite effect; it certainly promotes relaxation, and when you’re out in nature, you’re getting your daily dose of fresh air and vitamin D, which will make you feel good on the inside and out! Fishing is a great way to calm down a fiery temper. Fishing requires patience and promotes a calm nature, which is both mentally and physically beneficial; it can lower blood pressure and make you feel more calm and ready to face life! It promotes self-reliance and the ability to learn on your own, and it’s a sport that can be enjoyed alone or with family. Consider it family bonding time! “All right, kids, let’s go catch some Chinook with old pap!” Don’t forget to put up your ‘gone fishing’ sign on the door so your neighbors know where to find you!
Why do we love National Fishing Day?
It’s a humbling experience. The same thing can happen with any other activity, but with fishing, you start acting in the present and usually start talking about the things that matter most with the people that matter most. Fishing allows you to truly disconnect from your work life. Throwing a line in the lake and waiting for a snag can transport you to another world, and work feels a million miles away. If you need some time to think, go fishing. It can be a powerful time for introspection, connecting ideas, following random trains of thought, and meditating. We crave challenge, but if we are constantly challenged by the same thing, it can wear us down and burn us out. Fishing is great because it requires a different set of skills and something completely new from us. When our comfort zone is pushed, we get the satisfaction of rising to the occasion.
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