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Speaking & Listening My Hobby

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One of my favorite hobbies is fishing. Some people regard this as a boring or an old man's sport, but I value it much more than that. If you have never experienced it, I think you are really missing something, and so you can't truly give your honest opinion on the sport. Humans have been captivated with the sea, and catching fish since the beginning of their existence, and the sport has, in many ways evolved hugely, and yet in many aspects has stayed exactly the same. The sport is unique compared to others, and I find it can be anything from a relaxing, to a very intense experience, and every time is different. I was introduced to fishing by my father when I was only 4 years old, and I have been hooked on it ever since. It is one of the few sports that's great for just socializing and friendships, as it breaks down the barriers we might have with one another. There are three main types of fishing; fly fishing, coarse fishing and sea fishing. ...read more.


The range of things I have caught, in what I think of as not the most exotic of places, also quite surprises me; I have caught everything from dogfish to cuttlefish, conger eels to sea gulls - but that's another story, and of course, every anglers worst nightmare, (apart from a hole in the boat and sinking), catching the bottom (the sea bed) or the rocks because you lose most of your tackle. Out of all of these things, the most memorable catch to me would be the 5lb bass I caught this last summer. Bass is one of the most expensive fish, at 5 pounds to the pound and it was quite pleasing to catch your own, then to roast it on the barbeque that evening. Fishing has proven to be Britain's number one sport - with the number of participants greatly surpassing any other sport. I feel that it is one of those things which will never die out and I would like to pass on to my children and teach them how to do if I ever have some, because it has definitely changed and enriched my life, and I have made some very close relationships through the sport which is unlike many others. ...read more.


You really have to be careful when reeling it in to let it run if it is pulling very strongly so that the line and hook do not break. It's all worth it though when you eventually get it in the landing net, and if it does get away, it just makes you more determined to catch it next time. This is what makes fishing just so addictive, and I feel its just one of those things everyone should have the chance to experience, and it has given me so many incredible memories; from when my dad ran the boat aground on a rock in Cornwall, to when the anchor of our dinghy got stuck on the sea bed and when all three of us in the boat hauled on the rope, it snapped free causing the boat to capsize suddenly and all three of us to go overboard. Another great thing about the sport, is that it is so easy to get into, with books, the Internet, tutors and lessons all available, and the gear is easy to get hold of as well, so if you have some spare time, I can seriously recommend taking up the hobby. You won't be disappointed. ...read more.

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