Who doesn’t love a good fish story? In our experience, of all the fish stories we’ve heard told over the years, nothing beats the story that takes us way back to that very first fish. We don’t mean the first fish of the season, but rather the first fish you ever caught. Maybe it was 50 years ago or maybe it was 5 months ago. It doesn’t matter when you caught your first fish, because we know that the excitement a person feels hauling in that inaugural catch is part of what inspires us to become lifelong fishing enthusiasts.
For a lot of anglers, landing that first fish was a childhood experience that included many firsts. Think about the first few casts you cast, the first time you baited your own hook, and the first time you filleted your own catch. Were these exciting moments? You bet, but probably not as exciting as reeling in what felt like a fighter for the very first time. Maybe your first catch was nothing more than a tiny common bream, but it was yours and that made it momentous.
For others, however, catching a fish for the very first time is an experience that is delayed until adulthood. Maybe it wasn’t until you were grown up that you were in a position to hit the water with some tackle in hand, or maybe fishing simply wasn’t something your family did and so you never had a chance to give it a try. It doesn’t matter. Beginner’s luck is rampant in the world of fishing, so adult first-timers tend to pull in at least a fish or two their first time out, and when you’re fishing for fun there’s not a huge learning curve to overcome.
Now can you understand why we think first catch fish stories are some of the best? Getting hooked on fishing is sometimes nothing more than the consequence of the rush you get when you land your first fish. Like we said, it doesn’t really matter how old you were when you experienced the excitement of reeling in an actual catch for the first time. The anticipation of pulling in the line and the thrill of netting what has latched on to your hook never really diminishes, but there’s still nothing quite like the first time.
How and when did you land your very first fish?