The little things

As I get older, I feel like life is getting busier. I think this is a feeling shared by many. I’m not sure entirely why it happens; is it manufactured or real? Nonetheless, there seems to be less time for fishing. The good thing about it is that I’m starting to appreciate being in the great outdoors more than ever. I had a lovely weekend at the coast, and the few short fishing sessions I had seemed to be amplified by the recognition that it is not as common as it used to be.

It has become opportunistic, as opposed to planned. It’s the hour you can get here, or the 40 minutes you get there. And for that reason, I think you almost enjoy it more. Don’t get me wrong: my idea of the perfect holiday is 10 days of solid fishing with my best mates, but it’s sometimes the smaller, seemingly insignificant sessions, that can be the best for the mind, body and soul.

A nice little bream on a placcie. It seems better when the session is opportunistic
A nice little bream on a placcie. It seems better when the session is opportunistic

I was lucky this weekend. I had a few opportunities; not long, but immensely satisfying. Perhaps the truncation of my expectations enhanced the experience. I’m not entirely sure, but there were periods of a few minutes, here and there, where I simply thought to myself: I am lucky.

Fishing with my dad and a little furry animal on the beach. Good times
Fishing with my dad and a little furry animal on the beach. Good times

Looking around, seeing, smelling and hearing. Concentrating on everything around me, but nothing else. None of the usual pressures of ‘what happened yesterday’, or ‘what am I doing tomorrow, or the next day?’, but just being there, in the moment, trying to catch a bream or a salmon and experiencing the beautiful landscape around me.

Some fish are more satisfying than others
Some fish are more satisfying than others

It doesn’t get much better. Perhaps, as we get older, we appreciate these moments more.

Salmon for dinner
Salmon for dinner

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Hamish Webb, Dan Firth, Graham Fifield and Lee Georgeson have been fishing the south-east Australian region since 1987. Since then they’ve become avid sportfishermen who are constantly looking for new ways to challenge themselves. They are all scientists and conservationists who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem in which they live. They promote understanding and appreciation of the complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues surrounding fish, fishing and fisheries, while never losing sight of the various motivations that keep them coming back. In English, that means they love all things fishing and have a damn good time on the water, and that’s all that really counts in the end!

One thought on “The little things

  • August 7, 2016 at 11:09 am
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    Well put. As I get older I find I am appreciating the simplicity of nature more and more. And yes those fishing opportunities are all too brief ☺

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