Motivation 1

I occasionally take fish for the pot, not just game fish (including grayling) but also the occasional perch and jack pike. I also used to take eels but due to the scarcity of eels these days I return any caught.

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Motivation 2

Add "mentally" to the last question. Fishing = worries forgotten, if only temporarily.

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Motivation 3

I really enjoy fishing matches with friends from a local fishing club.

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Motivation 4

Over the past year I have had different types of panic disorders and fishing has helped a lot with those.

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Motivation 5

To me angling is really the be all end all. Why else would I want to be a Licensed Level 2 Angling Coach? Apart for wanting to put something back into angling, I don't really know the answer.

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Motivation 6

It's my only release from day to day pressure.

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Motivation 7

To beat my fishing partner. Competition.

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Motivation 8

Angling is a very diverse sport. It can be physically/mentally challenging as well as very relaxing. It gets you very close to nature; no other sport can do this.

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Motivation 9

From the above, I seem to be an antisocial horror. I'm not, honest! I participate on angling forums and fishing with mates is a rare privelige but mostly, it's surcease to my soul. An escape.

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Motivation 10

I relish the opportunity to present a fly in difficult circumstances and conditions. I do not want easy or groomed fishing. Big fish are important to me, but it is the circumstances under which it is caught that appeals most. I fish very light tackle too. Hooking the fish is just the beginning...

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Motivation 11

Mental relaxation.

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Motivation 12

To get closer to the "natural world and understanding of river habitats".

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Motivation 13

Food relates to game fish.

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Motivation 14

In my younger days I might have given a different response to some of the above.

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Motivation 15

Angling varies from the social to solo, depends which type of fishing or where I go / what mood I'm in.

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Motivation 16

It's like a drug, even when coarse fishing it can be very active.

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Motivation 17

Match fishing also fulfills my need to compete.

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Motivation 18

I just enjoy fishing.

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Motivation 19

I go walking for exercise, usually to incorporate bird watching and enjoying the countryside. Fishing to me is more relaxing than physically active, though I will often walk round the lake looking for fish, and climb up trees to get better views of the water in my search for Carp.

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Motivation 20

When pleasure fishing, catching bigger fish is important and I want to relax then. Match fishing is very different.

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Motivation 21

Sometimes I fish on my own, sometimes I need the company; but what ever I choose it must be enjoyable.

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Motivation 22

Match fishing is NOT relaxing!

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Motivation 23

I go to the gym and cycle for physical activity. I fish for different reasons. I enjoy the discipline and challenge of match fishing; but a day alone on a canal, watching nature, catching fish is enjoyable for a different reason - no pressure, no demands, no-one telling you what to do, when to do it and at the end of the day satisfaction, or frustration - you just don't know which it will be when you set out.

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Motivation 24

I have a high intensity job as a large company executive. Angling provides vitally important relaxation time to enable me to maintain high levels of performance in my working life.

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Motivation 25

To just chill out and relax after the pressures of modern day living.

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Motivation 26

Nice to get away from the hassle of everyday life, to relax, spend time with friends / family or on my own to think and forget about all the everyday stress.

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Motivation 27

I use fishing as a means to keeping fit.

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Motivation 28

To be away from hectic lives we lead at the moment in everything we do and to slow down and watch and look at what wildlife we are missing around us, is just so relaxing and trains us to be more patient and relaxed with those around us.

Motivation 29

I use fishing to keep people's mental health more stable and encourage recovery.

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Motivation 30

For me, angling is an holistic experience which goes way beyond the bullet points of the survey. There is also a deeply metaphysical aspect which has not been touched upon, plus in my case, the desire to pass on to others the skills and philosophy of the Sport which has given me so much for over half a century.

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Motivation 31

Although most of my fishing is in a competitive environment, I do still enjoy solo outings - pleasure fishing with no pressure to perform or win. I still enjoy admiring the fish that I catch and enjoying being at one with nature. I think too many anglers these days have a 'win at all cost' mentality and don't care as much about the fish as in years gone by, for example the F1 carp hybrid !!! To catch 100 lb every time you go fishing would soon become very boring but that's sadly what many anglers want these days.

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Motivation 32

I fish in angling club matches where it is obviously important to catch the most/biggest weight of fish; also enjoying the competitive experience. However when pleasure fishing I enjoy more the peaceful/natural surroundings and seeing the wildlife, picking venues that are more pleasing to the eye and of course catching some fish hopefully, which may involve fishing for a particular species of fish. Sometimes I practice for matches on new venues where I am trying to develop my skills and knowledge.

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Motivation 33

I think the hunter gatherer instinct is difficult to ignore.

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Motivation 34

The Kingfisher and a brightly coloured small rudd both still thrill me after 60 years of angling!

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Motivation 35

Although retired, relaxation is still an essential requirement, but an underlying sense of anticipated exitement is also a welcome emotion.

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Motivation 36

Due to illness I rely on fishing to motivate me and exercise my mind and self esteem. Passing on knowledge and helping in a local club gives me purpose to not be house bound and also helps me do something constructive for the environment; help juveniles and others learn & enjoy the sport for its wider picture in environmental, social and activity and not just catching fish.

Motivation 37

I suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and find fishing one of the very few ways I can totally relax.

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Motivation 38

I put back most of the fish I catch, just keeping the odd fish "For the pot". As long as I have my camera to record the odd decent catch then I am happy.

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Motivation 39

Being on your own is cool, being around people when you suffer from depression or stress is/can be helpful. Imagine a soldier returned from conflict. A quiet beach with someone to talk to IF he needs to is worth a lot.

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Motivation 40

I have re-entered the sport with the intention of learning to catch thick lipped mullet. Once I have achieved this, I will probably progress to spinning or fly fishing in the sea.

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