Fishing In The Age Of Pizza Rolls And Wi-Fi

Fishing in the Age of Pizza Rolls and Wi-Fi
Mike Schwander

It is without a doubt that we live in a society of instant gratification. A full meal can be cooked in just a few minutes or a snack in 65 seconds. Data can be sent across the earth in the blink of an eye and received on a handheld device anywhere that there is signal. Many of us cannot go a full hour without checking our phone and the time span is generally shorter for younger people. Fishing is a sport of time, it takes time not only to catch a fish, but it takes time to begin to understand how to better one’s chances of catching a fish.

How does one encourage those who demand instant gratification to be patient? Fishing isn’t pushing a few buttons and waiting for a bell, ding, music or pretty lights, it is an art that takes time to master. Even the masters are learning and developing their skills every time they are on the water. One cannot learn how to fish from YouTube videos, there isn’t a cheat code nor a walk through. The videos found online are a great reference for a starting point, but most techniques will still require hours if not days or months of practice to truly master.

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Brent Jackson (Channel Catfish. North East Community Park, North East, MD) .. Mike Schwander

The technique could lay in being patient with those whom one wishes to teach. Often, I see parents baiting hooks, casting and maintaining the line for hours only to yell for their youngsters to come reel in a fish. The older children seem to bait their own hooks and even cast, only to run off and play until the call of “Fish On!!” Eventually these young anglers will be fishing on their own and some may simply not have a desire to fish at all, which is fine as well. No one can deny that the thrill of reeling in a good-sized fish is amazing, and there is even a certain pleasure in catching small ones too.

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Setting a good example is just as, if not more important than being patient. If one is fishing with someone they wish to share the sport with, they should unplug. Turn off the phone or at least only look at it if it goes off. Do not start conversations and excuse oneself from any conversation that is not of actual importance. After all we fish as an escape and this is part of what we need to teach those who are entering the sport. I happen to know of an amazing Surf Fishing website that was started because the founder was spending too much time answering fishing questions while fishing. The website allowed him to devote more time to fishing while he was fishing and now all of us can reap the benefits of this. Thank you to all of those who were blowing up Rich King’s phone back in the day.

Now I must lead by example and take my step-kids fishing the next time we have them. I will admit that I lost patience with trying to take them fishing and writing this article has reminded me that someone had to teach me and sacrifice their time to bring me into this sport that I love so much.

Tight Lines!!!

-Mike Schwander

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