But then all I know of fishing is contained between the covers of The Compleat Angler!
You could certainly do worse. I was given a copy by a British girlfriend, and it’s a cherished treasure.
..the time spent in waiting idly for a bite giving ample opportunity to talk or think about anything and everything under the sun, the move to another location when the present one proves unfruitful only to repeat the process.
In the world of fishing, this is called “bait and wait” and it certainly has it’s appeal to many, but it isn’t the only style of fishing, and never has been, really. Many people prefer a style that is more like “hunting for fish” than sitting around and musing philosophically. Fly fishing and stream fishing are targeted fishing strategies, for example. And ocean fishing is mostly going to known fishing spots. You look for the fish, you don’t count on them to be looking for you.
Personally, I’m doing “inshore saltwater fishing” in situations where mostly the ‘finder is telling me about the nature of the bottom and helping me find the most likely *places* to fish. The best way to catch fish is to fish where the fish are and a ‘finder helps you to do that.
“Fishing” (the sport) doesn’t necessarily mean “fishing blindly,” as the word itself so often does.
And if one goes home empty-handed it doesn’t matter in the least, you’ve still had a pleasant, relaxing and mentally-stimulating day’s fishing.
This is pretty much a necessary personality trait for being a recreational fisherman, I think. Getting skunked is part of the game. It wouldn’t be a sport, if the other team didn’t win sometimes.
Here in the US, most fishing technology is driven by the bass fishing market, which includes professionals. For pro’s, fishing is a whole ‘nother deal. The guys competing for $300K per event have a different mentality. But they stimulate the whole market. There’s really nothing in the UK comparable to the bass fishing frenzy in the US.