Fishing: The Ultimate Retirement Hobby
For over 10,000 years people have gone fishing. Did you dream of hanging that “Gone Fishing” sign umpteen times during your working years? Now that you are retired, you can enjoy the American tradition of fishing more often. The fresh air, physical activity and relaxation you experience fishing is unsurpassed by any other sport.
What Can You Get From Fishing?
Beside catching the big one and having fish tales to tell, there are many benefits from fishing. While some fisherfolk catch and release, you can also eat your catch. Fish are a tasty, low-calorie food and contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids to improve brain functions. You also enjoy low impact physical activity from traveling to the fishing destination, casting your hook and reeling in fish. Fishing can be solitary or social activity, depending on your mood. This flexible, fun sport is suitable for everyone. Let's consider the different types of fishing you can try.
Party Boat or Charter Boat Fishing
Hiring a party boat or charter boat is a great way for beginners to learn about fishing. You pay a fee and everything you need is provided. The captain of the boat takes care of driving. The mate distributes rods, tackle, lures and bait to the passengers. All your fishing needs are covered so all you just need to kick back and wait for the big one to bite. Usually captains know the best fishing holes, so you will also discover some of the hottest spots for future fishing trips. Have a reservation so you know you have a place on the party boat when you arrive.
Fishing From Pier or Surf
If you don't want to go out on a boat, you can go pier fishing or surf casting. Pier fishing can be done in saltwater or freshwater. You pack up your gear and head to the pier to throw out a line. Because the pier goes right out into the water, usually you just need to drop a line and wait. Surf casting is typically done by saltwater. A long rod with a hook and bait are used. You must swing the rod back over your shoulder and cast out the line as far into the water as possible. Successful surf casting requires some upper body strength and the ability to stand staunchly and balance.
Fly fishing is freshwater fishing at its finest. You go to the old fishing hole and cast out “flies” in a deliberate, rhythmic manner. The line must be worked out little by little so it is important to maintain control while you cast. With fly fishing, practice makes perfect.
If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can gain access to some of the most remote and unknown fishing areas. Because you drive right to the spot, there is less walking involved. Usually four-wheeling fishing involves saltwater surfcasting.
Fishing From A Kayak or Rowboat
Whether you fish in freshwater or saltwater, a kayak or rowboat can help you hit the spot. Remote fishing holes you can't reach by land are accessible with a small rowboat or kayak. You must have upper body strength to get out in a rowboat. Always go a short distance in the beginning to make sure you have enough energy to get back. Wear a life jacket in case of an emergency.
Big Boat Fishing
You can also go fishing from a motorboat or sailboat. If you long to feel like a pirate, motorboats and sailboats get you out into larger bodies of water where the really big ones swim. Proper boat maintenance and equipment are essential to be safe. Sailboats require serious upper and lower body strength to navigate the waters. Often a local course is required to drive a motorboat or sailboat. Every state has their own regulations regarding boat equipment and operations. Anglers should become familiar with all laws before they head out fishing in a motorboat or sailboat. Common items to have on a boat include life jackets, coolers, buckets, oars, lights and rod holders.
What Do I Need To Go Fishing?
The beauty of fishing is its simplicity. Basic fishing only requires a fishing rod, line, reel, hook, lures and live bait. Lures resemble live bait but they are not alive. Typically lures and hooks are kept in a tackle box for easy, safe access. Most fisherfolk also tuck a small first aid kit in their tackle box. Other equipment you may need in your tackle box are weights, floats and swivels depending on the type of fishing you try. Optional items to make you feel more comfortable fishing are a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, windbreaker, sunscreen, insect repellent, radio or cell phone and waterproof shoes. Make sure you bring along a net and bucket to grab and hold your catch.
Be In The Know Before You Go
If you go on a charter boat, you don't have to worry about licenses or permits. Any other type of fishing, including fly fishing and surf casting, may require a special permit or license. Before you drop a line, make sure you know the local laws and have the permits you need. Other regulations may also apply, such as the size fish you are allowed to catch or the type of fish can reel in. During certain seasons, some fish are spawning and cannot be caught or you will face a stiff financial penalty.
You can choose your favorite type of fishing or mix it up and try them all. No matter what kind of fishing you prefer, remember a bad day fishing beats a good day working! Enjoy Retirement fishing as your new retirement hobby.
Thank you to Stacey Doyle for this "Retirement Fishing" article.