Once the water warms up a bit more I will return to one of my favorite outdoor workouts, which is swim-fishing. There are two reservoirs I like to use, and a catfish pay lake. I do not like to use a snorkel or mask, but almost always use a set of scubapro fins. Essentially, I make up a few gobs of stinkbait and then grab a rod and head out into the deepest water. The pay lake owner caught me once, and despite the fact that I had paid his fee, he did not like the fact that I was swimming. Once I get out there, I tread water, and lower the bait somewhere near the bottom. Once a fish takes the bait, the real workout begins. A nice-sized catfish can be quite a workload in the water, and a challenge to maintain control of while I get him to the surface and then to the shore. I have had them pull me under and some fairly long distances. Three challenges arise simultaneously, the need to keep control of the fish, the need to maintain control of my gear, and the need to occasionally gulp air. I like that it results in both a total-body workout and a meal or two. The added plus is that early in training panic can set in, which allows one to work on breathing control and heart rate.
People put too much emphasis on ole’ Charlie Darwin’s theory about the survival of the fittest. It has produced a cottage industry of shake-weights, special-muscle-morphing powder drinks, and girly men that sell exercise videos. Not me.
See, this here is the 1911.”
~Peter S. Thompson”