PART 1 - Yoga with a Casting Rod

frankbiopicYoga - Spiritual and physical exercises to encourage health and well-being. A Hindu discipline aimed at achieving a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.

When I’m out on the lake, I usually fish as if I’m practicing for a tournament. I do this not because I’m practicing or want to be competitive, but because I want to be as efficient as possible. I don’t get out on the water as much as I would like anymore, so when I am out fishing, I have to find them and dial the pattern in as fast as possible.

 That’s what I have to do to catch the heck out of them. That's why I’m there! When I fish, I am totally focused on the fishing, time means little, and work and home are in a different dimension. Ask me about anything that happened other than fishing, like conversations or other boats when I get back and chances are, I can’t tell you about it because I had shut it out. I know that most people don’t fish this way, for some it is a time to sort things out in their lives or careers and the rod and reel are just tools to keep their hands busy while they do that. They may not even realize that it is the conscious clearing process that they are involved in because they think they are totally involved in the fishing, but they are not.

For some other folks it is about casting, seeing if they can flip into the tiniest hole or cast closest to the log without fouling. Some others are into the electronics on their boats and pay more attention to the gadgets than the fish, for many it’s the lures and their actions. These folks don’t even realize that they have become distracted from the fish, but they leave the water satisfied. Whatever the case may be, if it’s good for them then it’s OK with me. Just don’t complain about not catching them! They believe that they are fishing hard, but in actuality they are only using a percentage of their brain when they could be using all of it. So point one, if you want to be successful in catching fish, be totally focused on the fishing. If you are in it for the experience or for relaxation, enjoy the experience and be happy with what you get out of it. When I get off the water I am physically tired, but mentally refreshed because I have pushed all of life’s mental clutter to the side and totally focused on the moment, absorbing all of the input from the trip and processing the info to achieve the goal of catching fish. I like my Yoga with a casting rod.

Read: Part 2, Part 3

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