- Published: Monday, 22 February 2010 22:40
A FEW YEARS ago I wrote a story that began by stating that to capture the fish was not all of the fishing. It was a quote from Zane Grey, who knew a thing or two about fishing, but was quite clearly deluded.
To capture the fish is actually not much of the fishing at all, if old Zane were being completely candid. Robert Hughes, who also knows a thing or two about fishing, was closer to the mark in his most recent book, A Jerk on One End. "Fishing largely consists of not catching fish. Failure is as much a part of the sport as knee injuries are to football," Hughes wrote. He detailed how, when he took into account the cost of his boat, pen fees, maintenance and wear and tear, each pound of North American bluefish (tailor to us Australians) was ending up costing him about $US55, when he could get it at a fish market for about $3.50