June 18th Is National Go Fishing Day

May 29th, 2012 by Craig Mullins

As with so many of the fun holidays I’ve written about, there seems to be no clear origin of National Fishing Day.

But no matter – because any excuse to fish is a good excuse, right?

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. ~John Buchan

According to Almanac.com, the Best Times for Fishing are:

One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides.

During the “morning rise” (after sunup for a spell) and the “evening rise” (just before sundown and the hour or so after).

When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.)

When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.)

When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.

When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ~Herbert Hoover

Fun Facts About Fish:

– Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.

– Fish were the first animals to evolve backbones.

– Fish move by creating a wave motion that moves the length of its body.

– Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.

– Fish are divided into three basic groups which include cartilaginous fishes, bony fishes, and lobe-finned fishes.

– Cartilaginous fish include the sea’s largest and most skilled marine predators.

– There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving

Happy National Go Fishing Day! Where are your favorite places to fish? Let’s us know in the comments section below!

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