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Fishing or Wishing?

Updated on June 3, 2012
Big Catfish
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Not a fisherman

I’m not really that involved of a fisherman, though I do enjoy the quiet relaxation of sitting on the banks with a line haphazardly thrown in the water with the pole gently resting upon a y shaped stick that I found somewhere nearby. I like to watch the water as it curiously ripples as the wind blows and on occasion see a fish surface and cause a ripple of its own. I enjoy watching the sunset as the night moves in to replace the day’s graceful awe. The reflection of the sunset upon a lake can be moving and invigorating and calm the soul. I set a broken stick with the green bark still holding both ends together over my line to clue me in of the possible nibble of a hungry gilled creature tasting my bait. As a young boy I went fishing frequently as it was one of the few times my family would gather to enjoy an activity together. I could tell many stories about the trips we took to the lake or the river to cast a line and sit by idly as the time took on a life of its own.

Fish Story

I could tell many stories, though some may find them boring, I would still be enjoying my right to tell them and those who were disinterested could easily pass them by without taking a seconds notice. I do have one such story that may be of greater interest to many who enjoy a good mystery and find enjoyment in the curiosity of the world. I remember we arrived at the banks just a bit before sun down. It was a beautiful sunset and the reflection from the water only added to the allure of the moment. I had a line in the water and we were each watching our own version of the scenery as it passed by in a panorama of color and texture. Fishing in my family was not one of those times to talk about the day’s events and the things we were each experiencing. It was a time for reflection and introspection of what we had seen and done and how we felt about those things.

Ordinary Fishing Trip

As it would seem, this was just an ordinary fishing trip; there was nothing profound about it. There was no great event that had spawned our desire to converse with nature and try our luck or skill at catching that first fish of the evening. Now, my oldest brother was certainly the most avid fisherman among us and he was also the most skilled. It seemed most times he had caught something before I even had my line in the water. I rarely caught anything, but never felt disheartened as catching fish wasn’t really the portion of the event that I most enjoyed.

Moon on the Lake
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The Moon on the Lake

The sun had set and the colors of the setting were all gone, but the moon that replaced it was huge, and bright, and full; and it cast a reflection across the water like I had never seen before. I wasn’t really watching my pole; I was busy observing the reflection of the moon as it seemed so life-like as it danced across the water. I was lost in my own thoughts. I didn’t notice, but I suppose I was getting a bite; before I knew it my pole flipped up and was gone into the water. I wasn’t really upset that I had missed catching something, but I was a bit perturbed that my pole was gone.

Fishing Pole
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Falling Star
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Extra Pole

The event of me loosing my pole caused a bit of excitement, but it wasn’t long before all was calm again and we were back to concentrating on our own ideas of what was important at the time. I was with out a fishing pole, because I didn’t have the foresight to bring an extra one. Unlike my brother who had several, in fact he usually had two or three lines in the water at any given time. He offered me one of his, but I figured I would just continue with what I had already been doing anyway.

Wishing

I watched the moon on the water intently as I thought about whatever it was I was thinking. I had nearly fallen asleep, when for whatever reason I looked up and seen several falling stars race across the sky. I said somewhat loudly did you guys see that. My Dad who enjoyed the solitude perhaps as much as I did said “Shhh, you’ll scare the fish”. I couldn’t keep the event to myself, and explained that I had seen several falling stars. My Dad laughing said “why don’t you wish for your pole back”. I could have thought of a thousand things I’d rather wish for, but for some reason I decided to follow his advice and whispered quietly to myself I wish I had my pole back. In that moment my brother grabbed up his pole and whipped it back to hook whatever was nibbling on his line. He had caught something, and began reeling in his line. Whatever it was, it was big, he’d reel a bit then pull his pole back. He fought it for what seemed like forever; reeling, pulling, reeling, pulling. Finally he had it up by the shore, Dad had grabbed the net as he did on occasion when the fight to reel one in seemed overly arduous. As my brother continued to pull my Dad scooped it up into the net. It was a fine catch; a large catfish probably over twenty pounds. As they got a hold of it and began inspecting it they discovered that it had another hook in its mouth with a line still attached. They pulled the line in carefully with some effort as it kept getting caught as they pulled it in. After some time and effort they amazingly pulled my pole from the water. If only I had been paying attention, I might have caught the biggest fish of my life, but I suppose I had my head in the clouds daydreaming as I have most of my life. Perhaps that is why I am a writer rather than a fisherman.

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    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Peggy W, It is a great memory, and we did have a great time. I'm thankful for the way I was raised it shaped me into the person I am today. We didn't have much but we made the best of what we did have. Thank you for stopping in, the votes, and comment, I truly appreciate it. Have a terrific day.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      To lose your fishing pole and then get it back in that way with a fish also attached makes for a great memory...that, and of course, those falling stars. From the sound of it, you and your family had a lovely time out in nature. Thanks for relating this story. Up and beautiful votes.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Ann1Az2, I have never been salt water fishing, but would be willing to give it a try if I ever get the chance. Thank you for the great comment and have a fantastic day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      John Sarkis, I think connecting with nature is the point for many who enjoy fishing, as you point out the survey tells the story. Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment, have an awesome day.

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      Ann1Az2 

      6 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub as I am an avid fisherman (woman, that is). I fish mostly saltwater, though, so you don't have any of this throwing in the line and waiting for hours. I used to do a lot of freshwater fishing - that's what I grew up doing. I, too, remember fishing with my father, though not often. My mother was never into it like we were. I love fishing at night, too. It's usually just so peaceful and relaxing. Like you say, the object of fishing is not to catch fish necessarily, but only fisherman understand that! Great hub - voted up and interesting.

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      hi dmop, I love this hub. I love fishing myself. I voted "nature" as the thing which I love most about fishing and it seems most people agree with me because that answer has the highest percentage of all.

      Voted up

      John

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      phdast7, thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked my fish story. I hope your day is wonderful.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I have never been much drawn to fishing, although as I ahve gotten older I appreciate the solitude and time to think that it provides. However my father liked fishing, my maternal grandfather loved fishing, And one of my brothers and one of sons loves fishing. So there have been plenty of people around me to tell fish stories. I think I may like yours the best of all. :)

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      sgbrown, Fishing can be a great activity for families, or just to get out and enjoy nature. Of course, its a lot of fun reeling in that fish too, if you don't miss it like I did. Thanks for taking a moment to check out my Hub I appreciate it. I hope you have a great day.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I loved your story. My dad and I would go fishing all the time when I was younger. I still love to go fishing, just got back this past week-end. When we are camping,I am up just as the sun comes up, sitting on the back of our pontoon boat, with a line in the water and a cup of coffee in my hand. I truly enjoyed your hub, voted up and awesome! Have a great day! :)

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      mpoet7, I won't lie it is a lot of work, and honestly I still don't have much of a following, but I am having a lot of fun, and hopefully it will pay off some day too.

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      mpoet7 

      6 years ago

      @dmop, you're welcome, and same to you, I have to improve my content in order to boost my morale on this site or I will not be widely recognized!!!

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      mpoet7, You sound much like myself. It's just nice to get out there and sit by the water watching and listening to the sounds. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I hope you have a great day.

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      mpoet7 

      6 years ago

      Interesting,I only fished a few times in my lifetime, but after reading what you wrote it took me back there. I enjoyed the view of the moon the most! I can say that each time I enjoyed the nature mre than I enjoyed fishing. THe calming sounds that come from the woods.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Ruchira, fishing is a great activity it can be very calming and relaxing. It is enjoyed for the exhilaration as well; it is quite a feeling when you reel in that first fish. Thanks for reading and commenting; have a great day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      boyatdelhi, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I still enjoy going fishing, but not so much for catching fish. Have a great day.

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      never been fishing. But, I would love the solitude involved with it. This would also teach me to be patient with myself.

      gotta try it and wish for the best!

      great hub!

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      boyatdelhi 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting story. It remind me of my childhood. I like fishing. In my childhood I used to catch small fishers.

      Thanks for the reminder.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Bedbugabscond, it does feel nice just connect with mother nature doesn't it. It helps me relax and think deeply on what ever matter is at hand. Thanks for reading and for commenting, and have a wonder-filled day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Ask Ashley, thank you so much for reading and for your kind comment. I though it was a bit ironic and was worth sharing. I try to pay attention to the line, but my mind always wanders off to somewhere else. Thanks again I hope your next fishing trip is non-stop reeling.

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      I take a similar view of nature. I have been fishing a ton and I am yet to catch a fish, lol. I use fishing as a way to connect my kids to nature until I can move out of the city and live in nature. :) Thanks for reminding me to realize the importance of connecting with Mother Earth!

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      Ask Ashley 

      6 years ago from California

      What a wonderful little story with so much irony at the end...definitely thought provoking. I also grew up fishing, but my thought process for fishing definitely isn't as profound as yours. All I think is "take the line already" or "maybe I should try some Herring gel." I write for a fishing magazine, so I guess I'm more antsy to catch something and I don't think I've ever caught myself daydreaming...which seems a bit unfortunate now. :)

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Alastar Packer, it was very strange how it all played out that's for sure. It is one of those things you never forget, and I figured why not share it with anyone interested in hearing about it. Thanks for reading and for your comment, hope you have a great day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      teaches12345, maybe it is because I am always looking up, but I have been fortunate enough to see multiple falling stars on several occasions. We went to the drive-in movies as we do several times a year last year and seen an amazing spectacle that lasted nearly thirty minutes. We missed half of the movie looking up at the sky, but it was well worth it. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I hope your day is fantastic.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      CloudExplorer, thanks for stopping by and for the great comment. I haven't learned much about getting hits, but I think my skill as writer has much improved during my time spent on the Hub. I'm having a lot of fun too so why not. I hope your fishing trip is everything you wish for. Thanks again and have an awesome day.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow- that was one wish that came to be in a hurry! Nice cat-fish too. Enjoyed this dmop- ha ha a good many of us have lost poles like that but you've probably got a claim as the only one who ever got it back in that fashion.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Bedbugabscond, No advice here, on the art of catching fish; though I could give some on how to enjoy the activity of fishing. For me it's just a blessing to be a part of the natural world, and going fishing allows me to resonate with the delicate frequency of it. Thank you for taking a moment to check out my writing, I hope your day is great.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I would have loved to have seen the falling stars. Sorry you lost your pole, but it sounds like you had a good time anyways. I loved fishing as a kid, it was a great deal of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Not a bad hub, i like how you can tell a story, you seem like a story teller indeed. It did get kind of dreamy in the beginning, and towards the end, I like d the shooting star part though the most, because I've seen many in my time as well.

      I also loved fishing when I was little, with my brothers, step father, and friends, and boy did we catch some good fish back then. I think me and my wife are going to go fishing this summer, it shall be fun. Nice hub here and a sweet story at that voted up!

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      anndavis25, Thank you so much for all of your support. I don't go fishing too much any more, I should make some time to go one day soon; my mind could use the R&R. There is just something about it that calms the soul isn't there. Thanks again and I hope the rest of your day is absolutely wonderful.

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      I have been taking my kids fishing and they love it. My son is the most incredible fisherman, he has a lot of talent. I am not well versed in fishing so I always enjoy reading or listening to any advice I can.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      unknown spy, thanks for taking a moment of your time to check out my Hub, it is much appreciated. I'm really glad you liked it. I hope your day is filled with enjoyment.

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      anndavis25 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Fish don't talk back. When you're out there with nature, you can think. You can plan. You can figure out complicated things. When the fish bite, that's your silvery prize for all that thinking. I say, Amen!

      Fine writing. Up and awesome.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      rahul0324, thanks for taking a moment to check out my Hub. I can see you have been very busy, I wish I had your drive and motivation. I am having a lot of fun here though and for me that's the main point. Thanks again and have an awesome day.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      ShootersCenter, I love being surrounded by nature, whether out in the woods, out on a lake; or fortunately for me in the back yard. There's just something about it that just feels right as a feeling of balance is relinquished and the soul feels at peace. Thanks for stopping by, may peace be with you.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow.. this is one of my favorite nature escapade. I love your hub about fishing.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Great hub man!

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      David 

      6 years ago from Florida

      The peaceful nature can lull you to a trance, it's happened to me many times in the woods and on the water. Good hub,keep up the good work.

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