TEN FISHING TRUTHS
As a fisherman these things matter to you probably a lot more than to the casual fisherman.
1. [Tides] You have a tide prediction app on your phone, or you know what the tides are at any given time. As a fisherman, you know that fishing is more than just throwing a line in the water, its a science. Who is anyone to judge you for knowing what moon phase it is, or the difference in tide levels from a high to a low. If anyone does, get that negativity out of your life.
2. [Rigs] You have a preference of what you use and how you tie your rigs. That's right, you don't use ready rigs, you're better than that. You prefer to tie them yourself so only you are to blame for a mistake. You have a distinct preference of either circle hooks or J hooks, leader length and size, knot type and line type, and you usually will never deviate from your normal rig, because hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Admit it, sometimes you judge people on their rigs, we all do.
3. [Reels/Gear] Whether you're a Penn person, you don Diawa, fish with Fin-Nor, or you can't get enough of your Shakespeare, you have a preference, and for the most part you stick with it. Some die-hards will argue til they are blue in the face about why their choice is better. Lifetime warranties with St. Croix or the epic bending ability of an Ugly Stik, you love your gear like it was your child (well almost). You take care of your gear, wash it after every use, and you cringe when you see a person dip their reel in saltwater to wash it off >.<
4. [Drinking] You know that fishing involves drinking, and you know damn good and well that cracking a beer at 9am during a fishing tournament is completely normal. You can drink significantly more on a boat or fishing than you can on dry land. You've held a beer and reeled in a fish, and maybe if you're really intelligent, you have invested in a koozie on a necklace. You have a preference of either beer or liqour, and you feel no shame in peeing off the side of the boat. You have gone out and caught only a buzz, but of course the only reason you didn't catch a fish is because they just weren't there that day! Get 'em next time, tiger!
5. [That fish] We all have that story. The one that got away. Maybe he wrapped you around a piling, snapped your braid on a sandbar or even spooled you. We all have that one fish, and you will tell that story a hundred times, each time he got bigger, and your attempts got closer. She was the lunker snook running the beach that ran you across the one rock out there, the grouper that rocked you and the tarpon that took your $100 worth of line. It's okay bud, you're not alone. It may have been your first, but definitely not your last.
6. [Fishing Spots] You have a selection of fishing spots near your home, and you protect them like a bird after the last french fry. You have spots for certain fish for certain times of the year, and you fish them religiously. You've had it happen before, you get ready and head to your spot, wait what is that, a truck you don't know. Shit just got real. He's out there catching YOUR fish. You have two options, stay depending on the size of the spot, and mark your territory, or you probably have a backup, so you check your tide app, that's fine, you'll head to option B, he does't know what he's doing anyway.
7. [The friend who knows everything] We all have that friend. "That Guy, or Girl in some cases" He knows everything, he catches everything and you are always wrong. He once reeled in a 10 foot hammerhead on 10lb test at night during a hurricane blindfolded. He is SO SALT LIFE. He has all the stickers on the back of his jacked up truck that has never seen mud or a fish carcass for that matter. The self proclaimed Chuck Norris of the fishing world. His Facebook is constantly riddled with statuses about how much he fishes and catches, but no pictures to back it up. You see through this front, and notice how he looks over your shoulder to see what knot you use. It's best to load this person up with alcohol and let him pass out for the rest of the day, maybe throw a towel on his so he doesn't get sunburnt, because you care and shit.