Gone fishin’

Fishing has been a popular pastime since antiquity. It has also given rise to much great philosophy, for example, this:

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

But then there are the serious fishermen and women who actually try to catch something and wind up catching something else altogether. Consider these…

✓ A fellow named Mike Wilson was enjoying a little fly fishing one day in the Great Smoky Mountains when, sure enough, something took his hook. It was a bat looking for some tasty flies.

✓ Then there was the fellow fishing in Oklahoma who caught himself a 40 pound snapping turtle instead of a trout. A good time to just cut bait.

✓ And did you hear about the WWII fighter plane, an actual P-39 that a Siberian fisherman hooked while fishing for his supper in an arctic lake near his home? Long story… but true.*

Fishing is a wonderful pastime. Living near Chautauqua Lake and among rolling, green hills laced with sparkling country streams, many of us have come to enjoy the sport. But then again, fishing isn’t always the same thing as catching fish, is it?

Sometimes it is simply a quiet, tranquil time away… away from everything and anything that it feels so good to be far, far away from. And nothing can take you there like your imagination on a peaceful and quiet day by a flowing stream or silently afloat far, far from shore.

Twentieth century journalist and commentator, Doug Larson, said it like this: “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

So, next time you go fishing – and especially if you’ve never tried it and finally give in to the notion – consider that there might even be more than fish to be gained in this wonderful pastime.

This week your Jamestown Gazette offers some bait that we hope might just hook you into the great outdoors that springtime is finally opening up for us. Try a little fishing. You never know what you’ll catch… or what might catch your imagination.

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after,” said Henry David Thoreau long ago while sitting beside his famous rustic cabin on Walden Pond.

So we hope you will take our bait and enjoy the experience this season. And, of course, please also enjoy the read right here in your Jamestown Gazette.

Walt Pickut

* Visit the Niagara Aerospace Museum and see the crashed and 70-year-later recovered P-39 Russian fighter plane that was one of 10,000 flown into war through the WWII U.S. Lend Lease program, built right here in WNY – Bell Aviation in Buffalo. It will make you proud.