Fishing is an angler’s first love, that’s why we do it. But let’s be honest, it ain’t half special to get home after a good catch and have somebody waiting for you.
You’re tired, unshaven and smell of fish — not exactly a dreamboat, aye — but hey, let’s not forget all those bonuses you bring to a marriage.
In case your wife has forgotten, here are 10 reasons why she married an angler.
1. Getting back to nature
An angler loves the great outdoors and has an appreciation and understanding of the ebbs and flows of nature, due to spending hours upon hours nestled up in a beautiful fishing spot, such as Shapwick Nature Reserve, like Paul Murphy.
An angler is sensitive to the sights and sounds around him and reads the language of nature to help him catch fish. “The reality, however,” according to a piece in The Guardian newspaper, “is that fishing is about the closest you can get to physically experiencing poetry. It is a pursuit based on contemplation and solitude that involves an appreciation of the elements; it is a game of chance, hope, escapism; a step into the murky waters of the unknown.”
2. Fresh, locally sourced food on the table
Bringing home fresh fish, some wild herbs and a bit of samphire is a real treat for the angler’s family. It’s a satisfyingly ancient tradition, it’s healthy and it saves money too.
Once back home, the fun starts with preparing and cooking the catch. Fish on Friday is an excellent blog and explores a fresh approach to preparing seafood; or check out this tasty bass and veg recipe on Vic Fisher’s Sea Angling Journal.
3. Interesting holidays away (although he may go missing)
The Canadian Rockies, the great American lakes, Greenland! You’ve sure been to some stunning places, as an angler husband loves to get off the beaten track, although he did go missing for long periods when you were away…
4. You’ll get your space
It’s lovely to do things with your partner and family, but sometimes husband and wife just need their own individual space. Psychologist Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D writes in Psychology Today:
“By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life, you’re more likely to make better choices about who you want to be around. You also may come to appreciate your relationships more after you’ve spent some time alone.”
5. Keeping the children busy
Danny’s angling blog talks about the lack of children fishing the canals these days, and anglers have a duty to teach their offspring how to fish. The lure of smartphones and games consoles is strong, but children should resist and explore the simple pleasures of the great outdoors, like fishing with father.
Screenless, serene and life-affirming when the stars light up the night sky — but the pressure is then on the angler to deliver and make a good catch in front of his children. Especially if you’re going to get them interested.
Simply saying something like, “‘Girls, Dad caught a few before you turned up,’ doesn’t cut it. They need to see the proof,” as discovered by Henry Gilbey in his hilarious account of feeling the pressure from his expectant children.
6. You’ll learn all about fishing
And there is so much to learn about fishing too! From the merits of different types of fishing tackle to learning how to fish by the moon! Do you remember what people told you about fishing before you started?
“Should you be fortunate enough to catch anything, your landing net and keep net will smell (especially if you leave them in the sun). Your clothes will soon become a rag to wipe your hands on, so they’ll smell. Finally, and most incontrovertibly, you will smell. No matter how rigorously you try to scrub up, you just will.” Charming words indeed from this feature in The Telegraph.
7. And that 4.30am isn’t early
The early bird catches the worm and the early angler catches the tides and the fish, so 4.30am starts are the norm. The This is Angling blog recounts in fine detail the early morning meet to go fishing for Smoothhounds. His top tip? A hearty breakfast!
8. You’ll be shown some of the best sunsets and sunrises in the world
When dawn breaks, the angler’s waiting. He’s seen hundreds of beautiful sunsets and knows the best places to be when the day begins. Perfect spots for rekindling your love affair.
Check out the Through The Gaps blog for some stunning images of boats coming into the harbour as the sun rises over Mount’s Bay.
9. You like fishing too
Quite unusual really, but an obvious reason to marry an angler is if you’re both into fishing. If you’re not married already, you could even enjoy a themed wedding. Check out our fishing themed wedding gallery for inspiration!
10. Your friends will be jealous
…and make remarks about the size of his tackle or rod. All very childish, but you just give them that knowing smile. Or, rattle of one of these excellent fishing jokes instead!