This I Believe

Donald - lynchburg, Virginia
Entered on December 8, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe that fishing is a very exhilarating sport or hobby because it gives me a great sense of peace. The serenity of nature is very soothing to my mind and body. I spend so much time running around as fast as I can that fishing gives me a great opportunity to relax.

Fishing is a very peculiar sport because it teaches you to be patient and alert. I like fishing because skill is a necessary component. While a certain amount of luck and good fortune is required skill is an undeniable part of the art. The skilled fisherman will use the best lure for the best conditions, and he will search for the best structure to fish in order to get the fish to bite. Certain lures work better at certain times of the year and different types of baits work best in certain conditions. Choosing the correct spot to fish requires a great deal of skill. Another underestimated part of the skill is the reeling in of the fish, especially when using very light line. The skill it takes to land a big fish on light line is tremendous. If you pull too hard the line will break and if you do not pull hard enough the fish will pull its way and wrap itself around some structure like a stump or rock.

I have very fond memories of fishing with my family and friends. We have spent many hours out on the water together and it has helped our relationships become closer and stronger. My friends and I have learnt the value of companionship when we are out fishing together.

A very exciting part of fishing is the thrill you feel when your line gets a firm tug, and you catch a big fish; it gets your adrenaline going. I can not explain the feeling inside of you when the fish takes off hard, and you have got him well hooked. When you land that big fish, you feel a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Fishing is a very interesting sport in that you try and out smart an animal that has a much smaller brain than you do and yet it is so difficult. An average fish can only remember ten minutes; whereas, people can remember many events for decades. The value of fishing on my life has been significant, because it taught me a lot about how fish live as well as other animals. It has made me appreciate how intricate nature is and how the ecosystem works.

Fishing has taught me so much about life and nature. It has taught me patience and the need to stick at the task at hand. Life is like fishing in that way because things do not always go your way; some very good looking fishing spots never produce fish. A good example of this is money can not buy happiness. Lastly fishing has revealed to me the glory of God in nature.