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When I checked the waterfront this week, I found many anglers were landing big ones.
This led me to wonder...what strength, what patience, what physical effort fishing takes.
Fishing is not a lazy manís sport.You just donít sit and go to sleep until something nudges your line. To land a big fish it takes physical endurance beginning with launching a boat, as you pull them, guide them, it takes strength.
At Williams Park, northwest of Bullfrog Creek, I saw two anglers pulling their trailer to a parking place. What was unusual about this? They didnít have a car...but were pulling it by hand from the launch back to their car. Maybe there wasnít room to drive to the launch, since it was so congested with anglers and these anglers wanted to go fishing NOW.
It rains, the wind blows, the sun is hot, the water is rough, and with these elements it takes stamina to endure the inclement weather.
Do you have enough strength in your legs to wade? You have to withstand the currents, which sometimes are swift and strong. Can you stand firm in the swishing soft sand while fishing in the flats?
If you are making long casts, it seems that you will need some muscle behind that cast. I asked one angler and he replied, ďI think casting is more skill than strength.Ē I asked another fisherman the same question, ďNo you learn how to angle your rod before the cast.Ē
I asked how long it took to land the big cobia in their boat, ďIt took about 45 minutes but he admitted he was tired after he boated it.
A big black tip shark catch took over an hour and the anglers that caught this one said that after the catch they were too worn out to cast another line.
Landing a snook, seems to be a dayís work-out for some. Others say, ďIt takes know how to not let it get the best of you. First get a good firm hook in it, then let it jump, run and circle until it isnít able to jump anymore, then reel it in. I donít let a snook wear me down.Ē
Fishing spots are often secret spots. I saw one angler cut the line of another angler because he was fishing in his special spot. Remember it is a big body of water out there and it is free to all of us.
I have asked anglers what kind of bait they use to catch that big fish? They say they donít reveal what kind of bait they use but I have found if fish are hungry, they will take any kind of bait.
Keep your secret spots, your secret rigging, itís OK with us, but remember only catch what you or your neighbors can eat.
Tarpon is a great fish to catch but they are not edible. Take a photo and release it so someone else can make a catch. If you want a trophy take the picture to a taxidermist and he can make one from the photo.
Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Sports Writerís press.
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