Game fishing is an activity that you can enjoy both in salt and freshwater, and both wet and dry. It is not just luck. It is equipment, knowledge, experience and then luck. At least that is what fishing enthusiast claims. They know how to spot a place where the fish are. Game fishing adventures have outnumbered every form of the tale and if you are a stranger to the sport you may feel that these stories are hard to believe pure fiction. If someone told you that he hooked a marlin off your neighborhood lake, then that is by a mile, an absolute fairy tale. Game fishing entails more than your ordinary dinghy and a stick pole and line. It is that multifaceted side of fishing, action-packed, rewarding, enriching and most of all absolute fun! Here’s why.
1. Choose your game. You can choose the fish you want to catch and get to know where you’ll find them. The easy way to have a big fish is to check the fish market. But catching a big fish is a different story. Knowing where to fish and how to hook them takes research and your guide’s recommendation. Choose from marlins, billfish, sailfish, kingfish and yes, sharks!
2. Get more than what you expected. You may know what you want to catch, you may be at the spot where they are commonly caught, you may have the perfect lure for the species, but there is one thing you need to remember, they are not the only fish in the sea. Anything can bite! Some game fishers set sail hoping for a 300-pound marlin on their hook and end up with a 600-pound shark on their boat.
3. Ready to Fight. Not all game fish are edible, and not all anglers are out to eat what they catch. They pursue game fishing for the fight. Game fish are known for their fight, this means that the angler has to battle it out (mostly struggling) with the fish during reeling. This is a sport that is not as simple as a line, bait hook and pulls it in. Successfully bringing in a catch may take hours because of the constant reeling in and out. This is a battle of who gets exhausted first, man or fish? Most fights, man is victorious, however, there is always that story of the “one that got away”.
4. Help out while having fun. You can ask your local government about tagging programs that you can participate in. Game tagging is a process where anglers tag the fish they catch and set them free. The data gathered is used by the local marina and wildlife protection agencies for preservation and conservation purposes.
5. Inspiring and rewarding. The scores of challenges in-game fishing are as countless as the fish in the sea, this one of the reasons why people are inspired to engage in this sport. The feeling of catching your first fish all on your own, size does not matter (though you are bound to catch some big ones for sure) as this alone is already a mammoth of an achievement.
6. Make new friends. You can never get enough friends in this lifetime. Anglers make really good buddies. They have a lot of experience with the sport so you will be able to pick up tips and a whole lot of tales in their tackle box.
7. The great outdoors. What better way to get a thrill than in the great wide open waters? You will never find an adventure like this inside a video arcade or a mall.
8. Breaking personal barriers. As we grow up, we are flanked with experiences that can be a key to personal enrichment or the start of creating personal barriers. These are things that we limit ourselves to or from. Game fishing is great in discovering innate capabilities that were disregarded due to traumatic or disheartening experiences. Learn to relax, and practice clearing your mind. Fishing does this to almost everyone.
Adventures are as thrilling as you want them to be, and it all starts with your enthusiasm towards any activity.