LOL I loved the "if you hold the fish closer to the camera it looks bigger" idea.
#15, tho? Reminds me of "The River Why" where the Mom caught trout on worms and the Dad was strictly a fly guy. It's a good book. They made it into a movie but the movie pretty much sucked, in my opinion.
Lures/flies are fun and it is cool to have fish strike one of them, but some of my best fishing memories center on the old "throw the bait in the water and sit back and wait for something to happen" techniques. I'm pretty much strictly a bait guy now as all I fish for are catfish and carp, although I have toyed with the idea of using a fly rod to catch carp because I've read it's a hell of a lot of fun.
My approach to fishing is kind of a "holistic" one and that's why I bait fish. I'm not anti-social, but I seek out spots where I know there will be nobody else around. I like to sit back and take in the panorama of the scene and all the other wildlife you see. I've seen beavers, otters, deer, more birds than I can count, turkeys, coyotes, foxes, you name it.
If you're lure fishing, pretty much all you do is stare at your rod and line and concentrate on your "presentation" of the lure. Not catching any fish? You think, "Well, must the wrong lure for the conditions" so you stop and put on another one, again staring at your tackle box, your line and your lures. You're so busy fishing you zone out on everything else around you. Not to mention, at least where I fish, getting snagged and getting pissed off because you just lost a $5 lure and, despite your best intentions, putting a new lure on and doing the exact same thing three minutes later.
It just seems to me to be less relaxing than just taking one form of bait (for me, almost always nightcrawlers harvested from my back yard, perhaps the occasional crawdads and always my home-brewed doughball bait for carp) and just plopping it in the river and sitting back and enjoying nature until you happen to notice your rod tip bouncing.
You figure if you're not getting any bites, you must be casting in the wrong spot.
Lots of folks team it up with drinking beer but I don't because I had to drive to get there and I have to drive home when I'm done.
I rarely catch and release unless the fish are just too small to be worth cleaning or there's a length limit on channel cat. I take 'em home, clean 'em and put 'em in the freezer to eat later if I'm not going to eat them that day.
I guess probably the main reason I bait fish is because that's the most effective way to catch catfish and carp and those are my two favorite fish to eat, the carp being #1. I've caught catfish on deep-running bass lures but never a carp. Sure, I'll eat 'em, but to me bass, trout, walleye, crappie or any other "game fish" doesn't compare to a nice catfish or carp for "good eatin'" I'm a bottom-feeder kind of guy. For the record, my favorite fish of all time to eat is flounder but those don't seem to reside here in Holt County.
You bring up a lot of very good points in your article, though. Kudos to you. I liked it and I think the sport could benefit a lot of folks if they got involved in it, especially kids.
At least in my case, I think a lot of our philosophies/habits about fishing were formed when we were kids. I know mine were, anyway.
Whatever your preferences are, be grateful that somebody took you fishing when you were a kid so you could form them. It's a great pastime.
Again, good work, Lockjaw. You bring up some great points. You are to be commended for doing so.
Last edited by planalp; 05-03-2012 at 02:06 AM.