Fishing teaches young people valuable life lessons. Along with the fond memories of quality time with relatives or other adults on fishing trips, there are valuable lessons learned from the time spent outdoors and on the water.


The Value of Patience


A familiar verse advises, “Good things come to those who wait.” Fishing is an activity that teaches patience as the person hoping to catch fish must wait not only for a fish to bite but for those small quick twitches of the bobber that signal that the fish is hooked and his weight is tugging on the bobber. In life, learning to wait and not be impulsive can save people much disappointment and heartache–not to mention, money.


Dealing with Disappointments


There are not many things more disappointing to fishers than hooking that “Big One,” reeling in this prize and–oh no!–the line snaps. There may have been something that was done wrong, such as not setting the hook. Sometimes, a bigger fish will steal the one on the line, or they can chew through a line. From such disappointing experiences, youths gain an understanding that events and actions do not always have the outcomes that are expected. They can also recognize the importance of learning from mistakes and making better choices in the future to prevent such negative results.


Becoming Self-Reliant


After being coached and helped with putting on hooks properly, which kinds of lures to use, reeling in fish and landing them, then learning how to fillet a fish, young fishers who master these skills gain confidence in their abilities. As a result of this increased self-confidence, these youths become more self-reliant in other aspects of their lives. As they succeed in acts performed independently, their assuredness that they can accomplish the goals they set allows them to accept new challenges.


Fishing Can Bring Together Families


Obviously, families who interact with each other often become closer. When members of a family go camping or on fishing trips, often the option to watch television or go out to dinner is not available. Instead, they interact with one another, conversing and walking together or fishing with one another. During these activities, they speak with one another without the distractions of phone calls or television. Sitting quietly in a boat and throwing out a line is a peaceful activity that invites conversation with those around oneself.