If you are sitting at your desk right now and feel like you’re having chest pains, it could just be a symptom brought on by the fact you haven’t gone fishing in, like, more than a week. Think about it; you fake chest pains knowing your boss will tell you to take the day off and see a doctor. Of course, you leave work and head straight for the lake, river or wherever your favorite fishing spot happens to be.
Perhaps, your chest pains are caused by anxiety, which just happens to be a symptom of not fishing enough. Well, that hasn’t been proven to be a fact, but we are pretty sure there is a connection between anxiety and lack of fishing. We would be willing to bet your anxiety symptoms cease as soon as you have your spinning rod in your hands and you are casting into the water.
So, you haven’t been fishing as much as you want to and there are plenty of reasons why. Things like work, family and responsibilities all get in the way of your quality fishing time. This is fine because you need that job, you love your family and there are things that need to be done in order to live a happy and peaceful life, but it can be difficult at times.
So here is the deal, there are warning signs when you haven’t been fishing enough, and they can be serious, perhaps even life-threatening. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they can be pretty painful. Regardless, this is a serious condition that needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
In case you aren’t sure whether your pains and other symptoms are from not fishing enough or some other cause, we have been kind enough to give you a few classic examples.
Lack of Fish Photos
If you have to scroll through several selfies of you eating a pizza, trying on a new hat and playing putt-putt golf before finding a picture of the last fish you caught, then you need to go fishing. In no way should you have more than two weeks worth of Facebook posts without a fish pic; no way.
You Lack Injuries
If that puncture you got when you hooked your thumb has fully healed, then it must be time to go fishing again. If you have been fishing fairly recently, there will be obvious signs on your body, like that bruise from tripping over that log or the scuffed elbow from falling down the embankment. Battle wounds our friend, if you lack them, get yourself out to the lake or river.
Repeating Fishing Stories
If your fellow co-workers are getting tired of you repeating the same fish tale, then it’s time to go fishing and make up new fishing stories.
Also, if you begin your fish story with, “I was fishing the other week and…,” then it’s time to go fishing.
Everything Looks Like a Fish
You gaze up at the sky and there is a cloud formation that looks exactly like a brown trout, the foam design in your Cafe Americano from Starbucks look just like a smallmouth bass and you carve a perfect walleye in your mashed potatoes, these are all signs you need to go fishing.
You Agree to Go See La La Land
If you have agreed to go see La La Land, volunteered to bake cookies for your daughter’s school function or actually considered buying a Hyundai Elantra, then you need to go see your therapist and then take a long fishing trip.