January sure kept us busy, especially the last week. We packed in many fishing trips and pulled in some great hauls to close out the month. There were always plenty of boats out and the enthusiasm was palpable.
On Jan. 27 and 28, we took some Arkansan anglers out onto the calm waters and caught many redfish, among other fish. They are sure to go back to Magnolia with fond Matagorda memories and relaxed demeanor.
That is the thing about fishing. It is not all about what you pull in, it is so much more. Fishing is a bonding experience between friends. Many friends and coworkers book trips with us. Fishing is also a bonding experience between yourself and the world around you. More importantly, perhaps, is that fishing is simply a healthy and physical activity. You use your arms, legs and body, and so you burn calories.
There is no pressure when it comes to fishing. Although it is nice to haul in some catches, our survival is not dependent on it. We can sit back, relax, and let the sun and breeze circle around us like positive vultures. The sun is good for the skin. The air is good for the lungs. From top to bottom, fishing improves one’s health. You really cannot beat it. While fishing’s physical benefits are apparent, there are spiritual and mental benefits as well.
For many, a fishing trip is the only way to experience an American adventure. To channel that Manifest Destiny spirit, you have to get in a boat and go out to sea. To appreciate America, you have to get away from America – away from work, smartphones, email, and gridlocks. It is as American as Texas High School football or, as Hubert H. Humphrey put it, “There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone – who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.”
We cannot move further out into the wilderness, but we can go fishing. Whenever you feel yourself too crowded, book a fishing trip. I guarantee it will uncrowd you. Unleash your inner Daniel Boone; it is good for the soul and freeing for the mind. Let Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters, the best Gulf Coast fishing charters in the business, help you! Daniel Boone would!
*Image courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society