Of Fishing and its benefits
The tackle tied the bait prepared; I go to sleep anticipating an early start with fisherman Tai.
What is fishing all about?
We Invest in Bait, tackle & then our time for what? The hope of an edible fish? I don’t even particularly enjoy eating fish though Fresh Shad, Perch or Salmon cooked in batter on the skottle the day it’s taken out the water is something I have learnt to enjoy .
I had never been a real keen fisherman till Keith Langton & Alan Mitchell had shown us how. They have the gift. In one weekend at St Lucia under Alan’s guidance, and careful selection of fishing spots I caught 24 fish my personal record (If 5 were edible it was a lot)It included 2 grunter just under pan size of 400mm. In an Oribi holiday I took younger cuzzies fishing & was proud to see Nathan Langton catch his first fish. And will never forget hooking a 3 pound Bass even while Matt Langton was splashing in the water at Syd’s windmill dam. The next day Keith Langton showed up and showed us how to do it properly! 24 bass were transferred from Syd’s to Geoff’s dam that day in just a few hours of fishing.
Before Tai’s birth I had not fished for 7 years only broken by a 1hour session off the rocks at Leisure bay where Shad literally hooked themselves & after catching 2 in 4 casts I decided I’d caught more than I could eat. Tai is a born fisherman thanks to Keith teaching him at 3 to catch his first fish, a record bettered by Stephen who hooked his first at 2.
At First fishing for me was about :
1) Quality time with my boys
Snaggles & Tackle lost on rocks never seems to bring despair. No there is always hope. No matter how much we stink when we return there is always Love when we return. Joy at the showing of the tiny catch caught. And patience for the story telling of well the one that got away. And oh what stories they are! I wish people would still teach the skill of telling stories well the Colin Langton way
2) A most relaxing sport
As I watch the tide come in and out and the sun slowly rise in the distance, I am in awe of the Creator and the beauty of His creation. I start singing and well could’t really care if the fish bite or not.
3) A most awesome way of meeting people
I have met people I never would have crossed paths with were it not for fishing. Mike Bruno & Kevin helped me catch my biggest fish, a Salmon off the rocks in front of the South coast casino. Ryan Richmond shared his love of Fishing & next thing we were sharing a weekend in Salt rock with his lovely family. The Big one got away so alas he did not win the competition, but I got to share the love of fishing using his left over bonito Tuna as bait with every kid who cared to enquire. Tiny hooks and tiny fish, but oh the Joy and excitement and what a fun Fathers day Sunday.
Well it would seem sometimes the side effects justify the investment.
Stories, Memories, Beauty are some of these. And if in the end we, like Peter, catch nothing for all our trying. There is always the HOPE!
That Jesus will show up and teach us something new, we would never have thought of trying: Like casting nets on the other side. Then what abundance and what grace we’ll experience. Topped off only by abandoning our boat full of fish (that which we thought we desired) to sit and share a simple meal with Jesus (God’s ultimate plan relationship restored)
And as we sit and talk and listen & eat. Who know maybe we’ll catch just a glimpse of the plan He has for us & the love He has for simple fishermen & all mankind