The reasons why people enjoy fishing often have very little to do with fish. As chef and restaurateur Mark Hix outlines in the introduction to Hooked: Adventures in Angling & Eating, it’s a social affair, a chance to “cook and have a laugh with the boys”, as well as an excuse to buy an endless run of tackle, flies, rods and gadgets. However, I would add one more to his list – as much as fishing is about anything, it is about telling stories.
Humans have been recalling their battles with beasts for at least 15,000 years, and while camera phones have made it easier to provide proof that the monster catch you picked up did, in fact, exist, storytelling is still a key part of the hobby.
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