Living in a beautiful country with picturesque rivers, lakes and coastlines, it’s little wonder that fishing is one of our favourite Aussie pastimes. While normally a quiet, tranquil activity, fishing still seems to get a lot of people all excited. We love fishing at Terrace Boating, and have come up with a list of reasons why we find it so awesome.
Unlike indoor hobbies like art, TV, video games and sewing, fishing gets you outside in the fresh air. Fresh air is good for the soul and has an array of physical health benefits including; increased energy, better digestion, improved lung capacity and bolstered immunity. From a mental and emotional perspective, fresh air allows us to breathe in natural scents that help to relieve anxiety and stress. Also, oxygen itself affects serotonin levels released by the body. Serotonin production contributes to feelings of happiness and relaxation.
Thrill and relaxation all in one package
You may think that thrill and relaxation are mutually exclusive terms, however, fishing would disagree. Simply being out on the water, in the fresh air, is relaxing. Casting out the line and setting yourself up for the day is soothing, and sets the mood for ultimate unwinding. Put your feet up while you wait, and just watch your worries wash away (for the moment anyway). At the same time, the second you feel a fish tugging the line, adrenaline kicks in and the excitement of reeling in your catch begins. There’s nothing quite like it.
The sport of it
If you’re a keen fisherman or woman, you’ll take great care when you go out to set yourself up for the best chance of success. You’ll know the weather and water conditions and which are optimal for catching the fish you’re after. This strategic planning and use of skills and knowledge that has been built up over years of experience is rewarding.
A hobby for all ages
While sports like football and tennis make fantastic hobbies in our younger years, they can’t always be maintained as we grow older. Fishing is something you can still manage (on some level) right in to the twilight years. It’s a low-impact activity with little stress placed on your joints, even if you fish standing in the water. For this reason, fishing is quite the inter-generational pastime. Most people learn how to fish from their parents or grandparents.
Depending on how successful your outing was, fishing is one hobby that can potentially put dinner on the table. A fresh, delicious and healthy one at that. Seafood prices are pretty high, so to bring home the oceanic ‘bacon’ for free, that’s a real family treat.
Creating lasting memories
Fishing can be experienced alone, or in a group. Either way, the potential for lifelong memories is there. On your own, the relaxing nature of each trip can be quite cathartic, while being out on the water with close friends and family builds relationships and strengthens bonds. You’ll never forget your child’s first catch, or your own biggest aquatic conquest, or the smiles on everyone’s faces as you cruise the open waters in search of seafood. Fishing is an activity that can build family togetherness by getting everyone out in the fresh air and away from life’s distractions.
John Buchan said, “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” Perhaps that’s one of the greatest lessons fishing can teach us about life. There’s nothing better than embracing a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
If you love fishing, and need more equipment before your next trek, visit us at Terrace Boating soon. We have everything you need!