As anglers, we regularly get this question from non-fishing friends,’ why do you fish?’ Fishing, like other recreational sports, means more than what the dictionary defines – the act of catching fish. Catching a fish during your time out on the water is great, but other factors explain why we love what we do and what makes sportfishing one of the most popular outdoor sports.
The great thing about fishing is that it evokes a number of emotions and creates memories every time you go out. Whether it is simply enjoying time away from the office or the rush of catching, tagging, and releasing your first marlin, sportfishing gives you an unforgettable experience and feeling that keeps anglers coming back for more.
The Billfish Foundation (TBF), a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of billfish populations worldwide and the communities dependent on healthy fisheries, believes that everyone should have the opportunity to fish. We work with scientists, captains, anglers and mates worldwide to promote sportfishing, conservation, and to make sure everyone has an opportunity to experience this interactive and thrilling sport.
TBF created a short movie called Get Hooked recently to attempt to illustrate why recreational fishing is loved by so many and why it is not always the fish that draws them to the sport. We would love to hear about why fishing is your passion and look forward to seeing many of you on the docks and on the water.
Please visit our website at www.billfish.org to learn more about TBF and send us your stories, pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear from you. Be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well!