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This essential part of his fishing equipment is lucky because it hosts several lucky fishing lures and flies, all meticulously arranged around hat, representing some story associated with his fishing adventures. Some stories may be true, but not all, and in time owner of hat can't remember which are true and which are not.
Another misnomer about going fishing has to do with catching fish. Let me state right here that catching fish has absolutely nothing to do with going fishing. In fact, no true fisherman would ever go fishing with idea of catching any fish. For most part, it is furthest thing from his mind.
When a fisherman goes fishing and catches a fish, he has nothing to talk about. And whatever else a fisherman loves doing, it is talking.
If, for example, a fisherman goes fishing all day and catches 20 fish, there is only one subject he will talk about when he gets back. No, it is not 20 fish he caught. After all, they are right in front of you; what else is there to say about it?
If biggest fish, for instance, is 13 inches he cannot exaggerate and say it is 18 inches. The presence of fish precludes stretching truth, not that a fisherman would lie — he just improves on truth as he sees it.
Often, when a fisherman does catch a fish he throws it back under pretense of it not being big enough.
The singular subject of a fisherman's talk when returning from fishing is simply, "the one that got away." No matter how big his biggest catch of day is, one that got away out-scales them all.
He may never have seen that fish, but it has nothing to do with his recitation of one that got away. Something about that fish, whether real or imaginary, stirs imagination of a true-blue fisherman. And, whether he saw that fish or not, he can talk for weeks, months and even years about that one.
A real fish in time spoils and eventually stinks; however, one that got away always improves with age.
I find myself in good company in this area. No less a person than apostle Peter did same thing. He was frustrated and didn't know what to do so he did thing that came natural to him.
"Simon Peter saith unto them, I go fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing." (John 21:3 KJV.)
I did not go fishing last week but just thought of it was an amazing elixir to my spirit.
Reverend Snyder is currently ministering at the "Family of God Fellowship" in Ocala, Florida. More of his articles are available for reprint at his website: http://www.godspenman.com/ Rev. Snyder is available as a guest speaker. He writes a weekly column and is the author of "You Can Always Tell a Pastor; But Not Very Much " available at: http://www.jamessnyderministries.com/