Golf can serve as a way to relax, have fun, and help manage stress. It can be played alone, but more often it seems, a golf outing is a social event, perhaps where business networking takes place. However, more people fish than golf and tennis combined. Maybe fishing outings should be the new corporate retreat activity?
Here are a few reasons why fishing is better than golf:
- With golf, you take turns and have to watch each other’s swing. When fishing, in general anyone can cast whenever he wants, often at the same time, giving everyone a chance the whole time.
- Golf has those little electric carts; fishing has boats.
- You have to wash golf balls occasionally; fishing lures wash themselves.
- In golf, you may have to wear knickers and plaid; in fishing, you wear polarized glasses and vests with nifty little pockets.
- Golf requires skill to propel an item (ball) one way to a small exact destination (hole). Fishing requires skill to propel an item (lure) not only to a small exact destination (ex. submerged stump), but also then make it return, WITH something alive attached.
- Golf always has a set ending or goal: a similar little hole, eventually 18 times. Fishing, not so much. Unless you are in a timed tournament, the goal of fishing is more of discovery, which may not even be found that day. However, when fish are hooked, the problem then becomes when to end the fun.
If you are looking for a team building exercise with co-workers, a fun way to thank a business client, or just escape from office stress, consider leaving the clubs at home. It might not even have to be a chartered boat outing; there probably is a good fishing hole closer than you think. For example, here are Tom Keer’s 5 places in Los Angeles. However, if the boss asks, why risk it? As angler Joe Stefanacci said, “A tarpon trip would certainly help increase productivity, right?!”
Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.