I'm not competitive about it at all. I get motion-sick, so I rarely fish from a boat. But just sitting on the bank relaxes me and is very enjoyable, even if I don't catch anything. I do like to catch catfish. They're hooked easily but still put up a fight.
I even put the worms on the hook. NONE of those little maggoty-lookin' ones though (the beemoths or whatever they are...).
Qwark, watch out for PETA in this thread! LOL
Killing fishies and wormies might be against their rules.
Inimat...but of course! lol I guess it's because I'm a "killer" at heart. It's just the predator in me. Nuthin' like dragging a fish fighting for it's life outa it's environment and watching it gasp for oxygen while it dies and then becomes supper... Because of your attitude, you don't get to eat any of the shore lunch trout I'm cooking....eat yer peanut butter sandwich....:-)
Mark, I dived off the coast of San Remo Italy with friends. There were no fish! But every hole, every tin can, every bottle had an octopus in it. We brought some back and my Italian friends used them for 1 of the five courses of an evening meal. They were delicious.
The last time I went fishing was when I was about 8 years old. It was a sad day, actually. We went to this place where they caught loads of carp that no one wanted to eat. Instead of throwing them back in the water, the people threw them onto the sand and let them flop around until they died for lack of water. Instead of fishing, I spent the day throwing carp back into the water while countless fishermen protested, including my father.
My father was pretty pissed off that day, especially when I stood up to him and said something like "How would you like it if you couldn't swim and I threw you into the river to drown?" He slapped me. Anyway, I still threw all his carp back into the river and all his friends' carp back into the river too.
My father didn't take me fishing again for a good two years, but I never enjoyed it again. I'd rather sit in a quiet spot near the river and read than cast a pole into the water now.
Odin: I never "throw my pole in the water!" jeez...lol Remember, Odin, nothing goes to waste. those carp will provide food for all kinds of life. WE live on a planet which depends on life and death for it to remain healthy. I love to sit on the banks of a lake or river and read too...life is good.
This: Most of my life I was a "diver." I picked the fish i wanted for supper. Now that I'm "older," I love the outdoors, 'specially the ocean. There's nuthin' like being a few miles off shore in the Pacific, alone...relaxing and trying to get the biggun's to bite....life is good!
I love to fish! We own five ponds stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, carp, crappie, and even a few eel. Also residing there are beaver, duck, geese, herons, cormorants, frogs, osprey, snakes, alligators, and several species of turtle.
The ponds are beautiful, but they were made for crop irrigation purposes. In other words, we created an environment for the wonderful creatures to live in. We fish in them very often but actually keep very few fish. Not near as many as the otter and alligators eat.
But I also raise free range cattle to sell for the market. People seem to not mind eating fish, chicken, pork, or beef, as long as they do not have to see the animal alive before it hits the grill.
Southeast Georgia, qwark. About 50miles above the Fla. line. Land of swamps and wildlife. Too many baptists, though. Took some neat pictures a couple days ago. A wild turkey gobbler was trying to impress a hen and put on a great show for my camera.
Sorry to hijack this thread for a moment but Randy you just reminded me of a time a while back when a Tom Turkey (Big Turkey) attacked my Volkswagon as I was driving down a dirt road to visit my mom. He just came out of nowhere and jumped right at my car. funniest thing I ever saw.
I did not hit it, he litterally jumped up on my car hood flapping his wings and pecking at the glass I was afraid he might hurt himself. I blew the horn that made him worse I backed away and he followed it was really strange.