Dads love fishing almost as much as you hated being woken up at 5:30 in the morning on a Saturday when you were growing up. But what is it specifically about fishing that appeals to dads so strongly? We decided to ask a panel of dads (we didn’t really do this) to find out the main reasons why dads love to spend an hour hoping a fish will eat a worm on a hook.
Dads love to wake up early, and they love bragging about how early it is.
“Alright son, time to go fishing. What do you mean it’s only 4 in the morning? We’ll catch the fish sleeping!”
While your dad will say that he wants to get up early so he can have a more productive fishing expedition, the real reason is just that he’s looking for any excuse to get up crazy early.
The bait shop is pretty much the hardware store of the sea (well, lake, but you get the idea). Dads would spend hours there if it weren’t for their kids whining about being boreeedddddd.
Dads don’t even really care about eating what they catch, but they do want to make sure they store them in style. Their haul of fish will not be the talk of the other fishermen in the area, but that brand new Yeti cooler sure will be.
Gutting fish is gross, slimy, and involves using a knife with some degree of mastery. It’s the perfect dad activity. If you told a dad that, instead of carving a turkey for Thanksgiving, he would just spend an hour gutting fish, he wouldn’t even be that mad at the trade-off.
But of course, there is one thing above all else that dads love the most about fishing, and that is…
This is obviously the best part of fishing. This is the one time where he can get a bit of a buzz going before the sun even rises without getting an earful from the missus. Everything else is just gravy.
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