Spurky is back today with another guest post. Today’s topic is numbers. No, he’s not a mathematician or a bad CBS drama, he’s actually talking about the number of fish caught. To some they mean everything, to others they’re inconsequential.
What is it about the fetish with numbers when talking about fishing, especially on computer chat rooms & forums?
|I catch more fish than you do|
Now I am a fair trout fisherman, and do okay on the multi-species front, so why would I care about someone who continually claims up to 100 fish a day?
I even admit zero fish days, which is death on forum boards, but if you’ve got zero and not triple digits in some forums you stink. I guess ego is what some need to survive in the fishing room behind the computer screen.
I know of a few posters who always seems to claim mega amounts of fish caught in a single day, some on just a single lure – but gee no pictures, or 10 pics of the same fish at different angles.
Some of us live in populated areas with heavy fishing pressure and water sports during spring through fall, so cut me/us a break. It seems that most of these number whores fish alone (hmmmm), and when asked where or if anyone can come along, they get all selfish and say,”no, that’s my secret fishing hole”.
Silly me, I take anyone who wants to tag along with, I like to fish with friends to learn new things – amazing how many ways you can snag a tree 🙂
Maybe I am an old fuddy-duddy, but fishing to me is not a numbers game to prove one’s stature, but rather an escape from the real world, and at times a battle of wits (so to speak) in hard-fished waters.
I guess it is just a ego thing that I have to learn to put up with.
What are your thoughts on numbers…or heck…even fishing forums?
Is catching a ton of fish essential to a fun day on the water?
Do you think less of the angler that meets the skunk, or the one quick to highlight his or her awesomeness?
Is an 8 inch fish the equal of an 18 inch fish?
Your thoughts are welcomed in the comments below.