Benefits of Fishing March 08 2018

Those who don’t fish may not understand the many wonderful qualities behind the sport. It’s not for everyone, after all. But for those of us who love it, we know firsthand the many benefits of grabbing our pole and heading down to the water. If you’re interested in becoming a master fisherman and are curious as to why so many love the pastime, here some reasons as to why fishing is beneficial for more than just a pretty mount on the wall or delectable item on our dinner table.

  1. Fishing contributes to conservation efforts. Many fishermen and fisherwomen love the environment. Purchasing fishing licenses and paying certain taxes help fund wildlife programs throughout the United States. It also helps with non-game and education programs, as well as to the purchasing of thousands of acres of public lands. Those who fish take pride in protecting and preserving the environment and habitat.
  2. Fishing relieves stress. There’s no better cure for stress than a day spent in the great outdoors. It’s quiet and breathtaking to absorb the beauty of Mother Nature and all she has to offer. Being out in nature has a way of healing the soul, and fishing is a great method of doing so.
  3. Fishing helps your form bonds. So many relationships have been built and/or strengthened by going on fishing trips with family members and/or friends. For your time out on the water, everyone is working towards a common goal – to catch the big one! Fishing trips can make some of the best memories and stories, just ask around!
  4. Fishing helps with wildlife and fisheries management. Anglers are crucial when it comes to management. For over 100 years, they have helped contribute to wildlife and fisheries management by setting seasons and creel limits. Thanks in part to their efforts, wildlife populations of many fish species have remained stable and have flourished, which is a great improvement from a decade ago when many suffered from over harvesting and pollution. Anglers support multiple efforts in preservation and the protection of all species, as well as the environment.
  5. Fishing helps improve your health. With more than 50% of Americans being overweight, being outdoors and staying active is of the upmost importance. Fishing actually burns calories, and your mental health will improve too by taking in all nature has to offer for the day.
  6. Fishing is a great recreational activity. As with anything in life, there will be good days and bad days. So, it’s not uncommon for you to have a bad day during fishing. Many will agree, however, that a bad fishing day is still better than a bad day at work! Fishing is a great way to unwind and have fun.
  7. Fishing helps give a sense of self fulfillment. While you’re respecting the environment, you will build your self esteem, master your outdoor skills, and achieve personal goals you’ve set for yourself. Fishing can also improve your personal and social development skills, no matter what age you are.
  8. Fishing provides a boost to the economy. In many states, fishers generate millions in state and local taxes, which in turn directly supports thousands of jobs.
  9. Fishing provides a great source for your diet. Fish are low in fat and cholesterol, and are high in protein. According to the American Heart Association, a diet including fish is highly recommended for good health. What better way to incorporate fish into your diet than to grab a pole and catch one!
Fishing provides quite a thrill. There’s just something simply thrilling about the pursuit of the catch. There’s the challenge, the stalking, the sense of fulfillment once the catch has been made. But perhaps the best aspect of all is the life lessons you learn with each trip!