Ocean fishing: what’s not to love about it? It’s just you versus the edge Poseidon’s kingdom, albeit armed with techniques and equipment honed over thousands of years.
Speaking of Poseidon, did you know that he’s also said to be responsible for creating horses? I’m not sure what the connection is there, but if I was to hazard a guess, it’s something to do with freedom. This concept is often associated with horses, but if there’s anything I can say about the ocean, it’s that it epitomises freedom. I can’t fully explain what I mean by that in words; it’s just something you need to experience for yourself. And there’s no better way to do that than wrestling with a huge fish on the end of your line.
It really puts your human fragility in perspective, you know? You can have all the technique in the world and the best quality rod holders around, and still find yourself confronted by Poseidon’s unbridled power. The ocean could crush you like a paper napkin if it saw fit, and any one fish represents an echo of that mighty wrath. It’s something you come to appreciate, and even admire. The fish then becomes not just something to get the better of, but a worthy opponent for whom you have respect.
As well as gaining a more profound appreciation of the ocean, you also learn to appreciate quality marine fabrication. Near Melbourne, there’s even a bit of a community of people who don’t spend that much time fishing, but just love to suss out the local boats. It’s all about comparing the quality of the welding, admiring the installation of the bow rails, that sort of thing.
There are so many levels to this activity, I can’t even begin to explain all of them. Suffice it to say that if you’re interested in understanding the mysteries of the sea, fishing is a direct line into the heart of them.