He Was Not Catching Fish, But Catching His Life

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    Nov 24, 2016 4:52 PM GMT
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    NYT: An angler’s daily pursuit of striped bass leads to lessons, and puzzle-solving, about wildlife and nature.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/24/sports/fishing-maine-kennebec-river.html?
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    Nov 27, 2016 2:21 AM GMT
    Interesting article. I used to do a lot of rock fishing in the Pamlico River in eastern NC. Beautiful part of the state...
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    Nov 27, 2016 6:07 PM GMT
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    Interesting article. I used to do a lot of rock fishing in the Pamlico River in eastern NC. Beautiful part of the state...

    Indeed interesting, and a pleasant article. Some comments, one somewhat off topic.

    Because Maine is so far north the change in daylight hours between seasons is very great. In summer you can indeed go out fishing very early. But I'm likewise surprised he was fishing as late as October, and still getting home by 7 AM. He would have been in dark almost the whole time, and virtual pitch blackness on overcast mornings.

    I've fished around the country, in lake, river & stream, and also in the Atlantic. A lot when I was a teenager, even younger, almost none in the Army and little since. The big lesson fishing taught me was patience & perseverance, the mark of a dedicated fisherman. Which this author seems to have. Expect much waiting and many failures before success strikes.

    I often use a fishing analogy in answering guys' questions about gay dating, of all things. As with fishing, the trick is not to be easily discouraged, but to have infinite patience. To know the times, places and conditions to "fish" for certain men you want. To use the correct tackle & bait (not a pun, tackle merely meaning gear).

    The parallels with fishing are extensive and very instructive. In fact, fishing has many philosophical & practical applications in much of life. It isn't all just about catching fish during your free time.