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Reasons to Fish

1. to get out doors and enjoy nature 2. to de-stress and get away 3. to share time with friends and family in a different setting 4. Because i love the art of it (casting, rigging, boats, mechanics) 5. to beat the fish and solve the puzzle 6. to beat other fishermen in a tournament 7. to win money 8. Because it is my job 9. God, i don’t know, i just do it 10. to catch fish, it is just pure fun

these ten reasons fit into four categories: escaping and enjoying the art; winning; paying the bills; and Dna. Virtually no person fishes for one reason. almost all of us are compelled by a few of the above reasons, but if we reach deep into the darkest recesses of our soul, we will find that one of these four catego- ries most strongly compels us.

somehow superior. The ego is never satisfied for more than a brief moment as it will endlessly hunger for more; even moments after it achieved what it craved. The ego lives in the future as whatever one has in the present moment or time is never enough. Every single one of us has an ego, but unfortunately, some are more of a slave to it than others. My ego robbed my joy of fishing. But I have taken that back. In the spring of 2008, I fished a 2-day pro-am on Clear Lake. I pre-fished for 4 consecutive days prior to the event and despite the fact that it was April on Clear Lake, the bite was not what any of us wanted or expected. For six straight days I woke up at 4 AM and fished from sunup to sundown, retied, reorganized, shopped for necessities, ate frozen or fast food and got into bed in my run- down motel room by 9 or 10 PM. On the first 5 of those six days I caught an average of 4 fish per day. To say it was brutal and that I struggled would be the understatement of the century. On the sixth and final day (the second day of the two-day event), the weather changed a bit and I was able to put my notes together with my day’s co-angler (a stud fisherman who helped me greatly) and we proceeded to have a productive day with 20+ lbs when most of the field struggled. I had the 10th best weight of the event on day two. But I was in the bottom few on the first day. All in all it produced a lousy fin- ish. The days that followed that event left me questioning every- thing about what I was doing and what fishing had become for me. I did not have fun on any of those six days on Clear Lake. On the first 5 days, I stressed like an insane maniac about the fact that I was about to compete in pro-am and had nothing of note to rely upon. On the sixth and final day, I just kept thinking ~ thank God I’m going to weigh in some fish and not make a total fool of myself . Day two was nothing more than an undersized band-aid and some

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