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Fishing Makes You Happy

Jan 22,2007 Bassman


It’s confirmed ��" the social well-being element of fishing so often overlooked and undervalued by governments was neatly expressed in an article in the Independent On Sunday Review Supplement 21st January.

An article on why the public are more depressed and gloomy in general despite being more affluent and having more material possessions than at any other time in history confirmed that shared experiences can make people happier than the continual strive to increase personal wealth and material goods.

An extract from the article :

“I can think of an exceptionally happy moment from my childhood. I went with some friends to fish for mackerel at the end of a pier.  

It was the middle of the summer holidays. I was , I think 12.  Being part of this group of boys meant a lot to me.

Up to this point, I had caught very few fish; the thought of catching a mackerel was beyond exciting. It would , I felt, also bond me to the group.

We arrived at the pier. A few yards away, bubbling on the surface, was a shoal of mackerel. We set up our rods in a ham-fisted frenzy of excitement.

By the time I was ready, the shoal had disappeared.

I stood at the end of the pier and cast my line out repeatedly, catching nothing.

But every time I pulled my line out of the water, the disappointment that I had caught nothing was replaced by an even greater excitement that I might catch something on the next cast.

At one point, one of my friends tapped me on the shoulder and he said he thought we ought to pack up and go.

I was shocked.

I said, “what already?”.

I wondered why anybody would want to leave after just 20 minutes fishing.

“Well we have been here nearly three hours he said”

Later I remember thinking I’d never had such a radical misconception of time.

Later still, I understood that those three hours were some of the happiest I’d ever spent.

However, for the public at large to reap such benefits and sense of well being and to continue to get such feelings of happiness and satisfaction there must be fish to catch…………

However, for the public at large to reap such benefits and sense of well being and to continue to get such feelings of happiness and satisfaction there must be fish to catch…………



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