Fishing for Men: The Fundamentals

Over the 4th of July weekend we went to Seward, Alaska where I got to go on a fishing charter with some friends.  It’s hard to get time to fish since I spend most of my time taking care of my little ones so this was quite a treat my Husband gave me!  I caught two halibut and four black rockfish which was my limit so it was a good day!

The next day I got to spend some time with my girls and Hubby who I missed and we played at the beach and my Husband and Daughter cast their lines out from the beach for fun.  They didn’t catch anything but it’s always super fun to watch how much my Daughter loves casting and reeling in her bait or bobber.  She had an octopus tentacle on this time which she had a blast with.

That’s where I took this picture that I just love!

Side Set

  Learning to set a hook is one of the fundamentals of fishing.  Here is my daughter demonstrating a pretty adorable side set if I do say so myself!

Without the proper set, you risk loosing the fish.

  According to this article on basspro.com,

“The proper form for setting the fishing hook mirrors the often-described sports stance, so forgive me if the following echoes advice from a former little league coach. Before setting the hook, you should be in a stable position with your legs about shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. The reason for this stance is balance and stability. When setting the hook you often need to torque your upper body and aggressively snap the rod — if you’re not stable at your base, you can knock yourself off balance or are not in the right stance to exert enough force.”

Like many other things in life, it all begins with your ever important foundation.  Your stance, as mentioned above, should be stable.

This got me thinking.  As Christians, we are called to be fishers of men.  Casting our lives into the world to reach people and reel them in to Christ.  This is where our foundation and stance is most important.  Without the proper stance and tools, we wouldn’t make very good fishermen, would we?

I’m corresponding our stance to our faith and relationship with the Lord and being in his word.

Without a firm foundation in the word it will be hard to know what we’re doing and would make a weak fisherman.  It’s important, as with anything else in life if you want to succeed at something, to study and practice.

Spending time in the word working on making your stance firm and stable will help you to be a better fisherman.

You never know when a fish will bite:

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”

1 Peter 3:15a

You’ll have fish that reject you:

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”

Luke 6:22-23

There will be times when it’s a struggle and they will put up a fight:

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

Stay firm in your stance!  Keep that rod up!  Never waver and keep reeling with all your might!

Fishing isn’t always easy and there will be hard times.  Some days we mess up and don’t set the hook right.  (Boy, just like when I hooked a halibut on the side.  Thought that guy was going to rip my arms off!)  Other days they just aren’t biting.

Using God’s word, the Ultimate Fisherman’s Handbook, daily will help us for when those challenges come along.  Keep it handy.  It’s also a great life flotation device for when we fall in the water.  With study and application it and can equip us to be the best fishermen we can be and God is always there to save us when we need help.

Fish on and fish strong my friends!  Both on and off the water!

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19

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