Couple Fishing

DATING A FISHERMAN OR FISHERWOMAN

There are some hobbies that are very easy to get your head around or simply don’t take up so much time so you don’t need to worry about them. Fishing is not one of these, and if you have started to date a guy or girl who loves it then this is a checklist of what you should be prepared for.

IF YOU’RE STAYING HOME

• Make your own plans for Friday and Saturday night as your partner will be heading to bed early in order to wake up at 4:30am.

• Have a backup option for dinner but hide it well as to not hurt their feelings with the implication you don’t have much faith in their fishing skills.

• Do some research about recipes with seafood so you can make the most of the catch of the day.

• Be prepared for them coming home very smelly, perhaps don’t go straight in for a hug or kiss until they’ve showered or at least changed and washed up a bit.

• Don’t worry if your significant other suddenly hangs up while you’re chatting on the phone, as his or her rod just bent due to a nibbling fish, and that is something that needs immediate attention.

• Get used to having bait around and if it really grosses you out then ask for it to be put in bags/containers or anything so that you don’t have to see it or worry about some escaping.

• Check first before planning something a few months ahead that could clash with fishing season.

• When choosing your holiday location consider the fishing options in the area.

• Never again worry about what you will buy for birthdays, Christmases and Valentine’s Day, seriously they can never have too much gear.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO JOIN IN

• Get a camera with a neck strap that you can take along to capture the amazing sunrises, sunsets, animals, landscapes and who knows what more.

• Choose comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting filthy and smelly, wear sunscreen and sunglasses and closed toe shoes.

• Get to know types of fish, bait, the effect of wind and other weather conditions so that you can be a part of the conversation that’s happening on the boat (and most likely in other locations too).

• Don’t expect to get anything right the first time. Be patient and take on the constructive criticism as most things are tricky and not often do you see immediate results.

• Keep an eye on your line. In a day and age where everyone seems to have a very limited attention span and are addicted to app notifications (fact: apps are designed to constantly draw your attention and give you an adrenalin rush), you might need to turn that thing off and have a real conversation device-free while watching your line.

• Stays hydrated, and as a result of this try to hold on as best you can, be prepared to go in a bucket or if not then speak up with some notice about when you really need to go.


 

Do you have any other tips for dating a fisherman or fisherwoman, Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.