In my opinion, there’s no greater day than National Go Fishing Day. To celebrate this holiday a year ago, I wrote about the legacy my grandfather protected by purchasing that small, whole life insurance contract to fund our annual fishing trip. This year, I thought I’d reflect on why I fish. The short answer is that fishing is in my DNA – it’s brought my family together from generation to generation.
Some people see fishing as a waste of time. You’re out on the water for 8-10 hours, probably getting sunburnt, just to catch fish and throw them back. And some people think it’s just complete luck, not skill, if you’re successful.
Of course, I disagree with the naysayers. Fishing is more about so much more. It’s the art of being on the water on those early mornings without the clutter of society, but with the people closest to you. And luck isn’t just luck – it’s about timing and preparation. You never know when that 5-pound slaunch-donkey of a bass is going to strike, which means you can never let your guard down. If you ever want to improve on your ability to focus, pick up the art of bass fishing.
It’s clear fishing is a part of my family’s past, and I want to help ensure it’s part of our future. I have no doubt my future kids will be avid fishermen/fisherwomen. That said, I also plan to continue the legacy my grandfather started by purchasing a small, permanent life insurance contract – so no matter when I pass away, they will be able to keep the traditional going and fish new waters, waters that are hopefully filled with a plethora of fish.
Good luck to everyone who’s fishing this season – I’ll see you on the water!
Steven Bressler has been with Ash Brokerage for more than two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public financial management from Indiana University, where he was vice president of the IU Bass Fishing Team, qualifying for two national championships and earning a top five ranking out of more than 700 collegiate teams. He is also the varsity boys tennis coach at Prairie Heights High School in northeastern Indiana.
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