Why fishing should be top of your list for New Year’s resolutions in 2019
Thinking of taking up fishing?
- Relax more – tick
- Be more active – tick
- Spend more quality time with family and friends – tick
- Spend more time outdoors – tick
There aren’t many New Year’s resolutions that can help you tick so many boxes. Fishing may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re planning what you want to achieve in 2019. Many anglers who are already ‘hooked’ will be able to spend hours extolling the virtues of fishing to those new to the sport. Non-anglers can sometimes wonder why those who love fishing love it so much!
So, if you are thinking of taking up fishing. Here are just a few reasons you should be picking up a rod this year and taking up fishing in 2019!
Fishing is a great stress reliever
Fishing often takes place in very peaceful locations, with fresh air and wildlife in abundance. Our everyday lives can be filled with stress and hustle and bustle. Often it’s hard to take a moment for yourself, but it’s important that we allow our brains to recharge and our minds to relax once in a while. Fishing is a very mindful past time, and offers a good distraction to whatever your day to day worries may be! Get away from your TV, e-mails, mobile phone and urban life and enjoy some time in the fresh air.
Fishing helps you get active and get fit
Fishing might not strike you as being a particular active past time but you’d be surprised at how much energy you can burn with a few hours by the water. Fly fishing especially can be physically demanding – striding through the water (in waders, of course!) can give you a very good workout!
The very act of choosing to be outside and active helps to make you feel better and encourages a healthier way of life.
Enjoy some solitude – or spend time with friends and family
Fishing is a great excuse for a bit of ‘you’ time, however, it’s also an incredibly sociable sport, and anglers are a friendly bunch. It’s the perfect hobby for spending quality time with your family and friends, as well as getting out there and meeting new folk. Your local club would love to hear from you. If you have little ones, fishing is a really fun activity that you can do together as a family – The Fishing Show is a great place to let them have a go in a safe and fun environment with qualified instructors.
Fish for your supper!
A fish supper (not from the local chippy, of course) can be the icing on the cake after a fun day fishing! Fish is a great low-fat lean protein and a good addition to a healthy diet. There’s something satisfying about bringing home a fresh catch to prepare and serve. Trout is a great example of tasty and sustainable fish that can be added to your family’s dinner table, and Perch is a beautiful fish with firm white flesh similar to bass. Read the Environments Agency’s rules on taking fish home here, and don’t forget you will need a rod license for all freshwater fishing.
Do your bit for the environment
Anglers are passionate about the environment – the best fish will naturally inhabit clean, untainted waters, and buying a rod license helps the work of the Environment Agency in protecting these environments. The same goes for membership at local clubs and fisheries – you will find yourself in a protected and well looked after space where both marine life and other wildlife can flourish.
Get the buzz – and gain confidence
The thrill of catching your own fish will give you a great sense of accomplishment – many anglers are hooked on the rush of adrenaline that comes with that all telling pull on the line. Learning to fish will not only help you master a new skill, you’ll also develop a new found respect for your surroundings whilst achieving new personal goals.
How to get started fishing
Your local angling club is a good place to start for advice on how to get started and where to go locally. The Angling Trust’s website FishingInfo.co.uk has lots of helpful info, and you can search for your nearest club via their search tool here.