Florida Fish BustersMay 2011
Exemplary anglers share their passion for fishing
By: Bob Wattendorf and Eddie Leonard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
If you really want to know whyfishing is fun, all you have to do is takechildren out and watch the stream of emotions that light up their faces as theylearn to bait a hook, cast and finally hookand retrieve a fish. The joy of learning, thereconnection with nature and our heritage,and the fulfillment of knowing they cancatch their own – just like the pioneers – contribute to those sensational smiles.
Fishing clinics provide lots of smiles and greatmemories.
These are the same reasons, social scientists discover time and again, thatfishing remains such a popular recreational activity. Herbert Hoover said, “Fishingis much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the finesimplicity of our forefathers.”Dozens of studies have consistently verified that involvement with familymembers and friends, escaping the daily routine, relaxing, being outdoors close tonature, and the sporting challenge of fishing are the top five reasons for fishing.These motives remain at the top of the list regardless of the group studied.