Something basic draws us to fishing when we’re young, I believe. It is the “hunter/gatherer” imperative, passed on from generation to generation as instinct or maybe through our DNA.
I’m a fisherman, not a scientist, so to delve deeper into what I’m talking about would be pseudo-intellectual at best.
But you know what I mean: Our species survived eons ago by hunting and gathering food. To not have done so would have meant death by starvation. Despite the passage of years, we have retained at least a semblance of that need, no matter how comfortable our existence is today.
And when a rod is placed in a child’s hands, a spark ignites desire, especially upon catching that first fish. If you’ve ever taken a youngster fishing, you know what I’m talking about. Inevitably, his first words as he admires his catch are, “Can we keep it?”