On October 24, 2005 I posted Confessions
of a Reluctant Angler to the message
board at www.pierfishing.com. In it I admitted that I was becoming
increasingly uncomfortable with
fishing just 'for the sport of it'.
Not willing, at that time, to give up fishing all together I indicated
that I was going to explore other
ways of catching fish using a pole and line but no hooks.
success in this new method came on November 1st of that year while
fishing at Gaviota using a whole salted anchovy threaded onto the line
and tied in a harness about the head. After the fish swallows the
bait any resistance on it's part pulls the line taught and the bait 'bunches
up' ... acting as
a soft gorge.
Between November and the following
July I caught several more fish that way including a fairly large (36")
shovelnose guitarfish. But by then I was even begining to have reservations
about the gorge as well and eventually I decided to stop fishing all together.
I don't miss fishing as much as I
thought I would because the time spent not fishing is being put to good
use exploring other interests.