Whether or not one agrees with Lorenz's thinking, it can't be denied that people today seem to crave stimulation and distraction. Constant music through headphones, 24 hour TV, video and the rest, certainly supply it, and it often seems that if you want quiet, and time for reflection, you have to actively seek out a place where this can happen. Which brings me to fishing, and this question. Is the attraction of fishing that it gives you time to think? Let's face it, there has to be something more than the fish! It's often a wet and cold pastime, and if you're a seafisherman night-time fishing and seasickness are also involved. Perhaps the hours that it gives for quiet thought is the real reason that it is so popular. And come to think of it, I've rarely see a fisherman with headphones!
This photograph shows fishermen on the Lancaster Canal at Garstang, Lancashire. Freezing weather has meant that they have had to break the ice to indulge their passion, and the number, and their proximity to each other suggests that a competitive match is taking place. I took this shot from a canal bridge, and liked it for the serpentine line of the canal with the evenly spaced fishermen intently watching their patches of ice-free water.
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen