If you are reading this, chances are that you are a man who absolutely loves fishing. A few of you are lucky enough to have a significant other who also obsesses over this sport. There are, however, many of you whose girlfriend or wife does not share your passion. There is almost nothing more enjoyable than partaking in your favorite pastime with your favorite person. If you have had trouble spreading the excitement about fishing to your girl, here are some ideas to catch her interest.
Make It a Date
Why not invite your girl on a fishing date, rather than a plain old fishing trip? Now is the time to tap into your romantic side. Pack a nice lunch with some champagne or another sparkly beverage. It doesn’t have to be complicated; just focus on the romance. Even adding a candle and fancy blanket to an otherwise ordinary picnic can get your girlfriend enthused about the trip.
Be up front and let her know that this is a fishing date. It is not recommended to pretend that it will be just a date and then try and pull a line once you arrive such as “Oh, I didn’t realize there was a great fishing spot here, and I just happen to have my fishing gear in the vehicle! Would it be okay?” Your girlfriend will not be fooled, and this is the quickest way to make your fishing date go downhill very fast.
Clean Equipment, Please
If you want your significant other to be enthusiastic, or even agreeable to fishing, you would be wise to have clean equipment. Although you may not be turned off by seeing the remains of your last catch, you can safely assume your date will. It’s difficult to develop a passion for a sport when your first impression of it literally reeks of uncleanliness.
Buy Your Girlfriend Her Own Fishing Gear
In recent years, stores selling fishing gear have attempted to captivate more of a female audience. There are now fishing rods made specifically for women that are lightweight and easier to maneuver. If your significant other appreciates fashion, there are even pink fishing rods and reels now available.
Know When to Fold ‘Em
There is no worse idea than to take your girlfriend on a date that involves your hobby or interest, and then let it continue too long. As Kenny Rogers once sang: “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” When your partner starts to appear bored or uninterested, it is time to pack it up and head home.
Fishing is a favorite activity of many people, but for the uninitiated it is best to begin in small doses. Give the lady in your life a small taste of it, and quit when she is still enjoying it. This small sacrifice will pay off next time you ask her to accompany you on a trip.
If fishing is one of your greatest pleasures, it is understandable that you would want to share this time with the love of your life. Put these tips into practice and center your next fishing trip on the lady whom you are trying to win over to this sport. You may end up with a new activity you can do together regularly. This is your payoff for a well-executed first fishing date.