The Fishing Line

by Capt. Billy Pipkin

Fishing vs. catching

When someone says they want to go fishing, are they referring to the act of fishing or do they really mean they want to go catching? Is there a difference? You bet it is!

After exploring this disputation at length, I have come to realize that there are benefits to both.

Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby sang the tune Gone Fishin’. The classic song frames the spirit of the act without a mention of “catchin’.” So why would anyone want to go fishing and not catching?

My job as a seasoned charter captain relies on “catching” for repeat business, but for most folks, the experience far outweighs the results. Some might say….

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