Why do you fish?

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  • Is fishing just a hobby to you, or something fun to do?  Do you fish for the adrenaline rush you get after getting a bite?  Do you fish for a living, or aspire to?  Maybe you think you’re the next Mike Iaconelli or Brent Ehrler.  Whatever the reason is, I think knowing why you’re doing it may be important.

    We all spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on fishing.  The cost of all our fishing gear alone is significant.  Factor in our boat, truck, gas, and our expenses continue to rise.  Include tournament entries if you fish any, and hotel rooms for events out of town, and we can start to talk about significant expenses.

    Fishing, often, is an individual activity.  I know there are team tournaments, co-anglers, and a buddy that you can fish with, but fishing can pull us away from our families and other parts of our life.  A trip out to the lake for a day or a one day tournament pulls us away for a significant part of the day.  Out of town trips or multiple day events make the time away even larger.

    My point in saying all this is not to make us feel guilty for spending money or being away from other things in our lives.   My point is that I think at times we may need to reflect upon what consumes our time, and also our money.

    The answer to ‘Why do you fish?’ is going to be different for everyone.  I don’t think we all should have the same answer and I don’t think there is a “right” answer.

    I fish as much as I can, and I wish I could fish more.  I wish I was out fishing all the local team tournaments in addition to the pro/ams that I’m planning to do.  Don’t get me wrong, there are times I just want to be out on the water enjoying the day or out on the water with my family, but recently I have found that I have more of a purpose behind my trip to the lake.

    I think there can be value to knowing why you fish.  For me, I do better when I go out to the lake and have a purpose.  My focus is better, and usually the results are better as well.  I’m in the process of identifying goals for my own fishing.  I would love to fish for a living at some point.  I don’t know what that will look like, but that’s the end goal.

    The reason I fish is because I love it.  I love everything about it.  I love running across the lake on plane with the outboard trimmed up.  I love trying to find a way to get a fish to eat a fake piece of plastic.  I love trying to find the pattern that will lead to tournament success.

    I enjoy the grind on tough days, and the learning process involved in struggling at tournaments.  I’ve recently fished my first couple Wild West Bass Trail Pro/Am events as a pro angler.  I’ve struggled.  I knew going into it that it would be tough.   I’ve learned a ton from the events and can’t wait for the next one.  My hope is that over time all the knowledge will pay dividends which will equal tournament success.  I fish because at some point, I’d like to fish for a living.

    So, why do you fish?

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    Matt Luna

    He has fished local team tournaments in the San Diego, CA area and has fished Wild West Bass Trail events as a pro angler during the 2017 season. He is sponsored by Last Chance Performance Marine, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Powell Rods, Dedicated 10, Nines Optics, The Rod Glove, and X Zone Lures. Matt started his own tackle company, Matt’s Basic Weights, in 2017. Contact Matt on Facebook at Matt’s Basic Weights and Matt Luna Fishing, and Instagram at matts_basic_weights and mattlunafishing. Check out his YouTube Channel at Matt Luna Fishing.

    5 Comments

    1. I fish for many reasons some selfish and some genuine . The selfish part is me just wanting to be out there. Wanting to find those pesky green backed swimming fish. Wanting to be alone with my thoughts and the water. The Pressure from everything leaves my mind when I am on the water. A path to clear thoughts A genuine reason is time with my son. Before he came along it was my daughter, she got older and decided fishing was not her thing… we had our time for many years! I feel I raised them both from my boat. My daughter is moved out and gone and my boy leaves for school in 2 months.
      Having the true 1 on 1 without the daily distractions allows you to truly get to know each other. It allows you to speak to each other on various levels from excitement to sadness. You learn highs and lows and how to deal with them together.
      As well just the hunt.. the thrill of the chase to me is just as important as the catch. Finding that next bite, finding that bite that you know for the next 2 months you will be slaying it. That hunt, that keeps me in the game as well.

      There is so much more however,

      Thats why I fish! 😎

    2. If i fished to catch fish i would’ve stopped a long time ago.

      Sometimes people miss the forest for the trees.

    3. I fish because it makes me feel alive and connected to nature. I find that nature has a rhythm; a certain frequency. I feel disconnected from this rhythm when sitting at my desk, or driving my car, watching TV, etc. But when I’m out on the water I feel the breeze, I feel the motion of the water, I hear the birds, I see the fish, and it all moves and pulses with a natural rhythm. When I become part of that rhythm all my stress falls away and I feel connected to everything around me. My focus becomes razor sharp. So, I guess you could say fishing puts me in “the zone”. That’s why I fish.

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