I have a college education and work for a MULTI-billion dollar corporation, yet I still work hard for my money 10 hours a day. I have a teenaged daughter and the usual family responsibilities. This had cut heavily into my fishing time as the family responsibilities took a higher toll on my time and my well being. My doctor basically ordered me to find a relaxing hobby before someone got hurt. *LOL* Not that fishing is all that relaxing at times, but I stop and drop a line somewhere on the way home usually at least once a week, and try to make at least a half day of it at least once per weekend.
But does this make me a fisherman? I think what makes me a fisherman is respecting my adversaries and the rules set forth to apprehend them. To catch and release them without harm if I do not intend to harvest them. To pack out my trash when I leave so the next person can enjoy the experience as much as I do. To loan or give a complete stranger gear if necessary so they can enjoy the experience as much as I do. I can not count the number of bobbers, terminal gear, line, lures, and jars of powerbait etc I have given away to man and child alike while out enjoying my favorite sport. To have respect for those fishing around me. To give them the space to fish without snagging each others gear, and to move on if necessary to prevent altercations that diminish my enjoyment of the sport. It is not 'my spot' or 'your spot' and I am not willing to fight you for it like some knuckle dragging neanderthal. To respect the safety of those fishing around me by not operating my boat or tow vehicle while intoxicated. Lastly to pass on the knowledge and experience that I have to others to try and give someone else the opportunity to catch such a tricky but rewarding opponent as the lowly fish. That is what makes a fisherman/woman.
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