One of the main benefits of living in the Sunshine State is having the opportunity to fish all year round, a portion of NHS students take advantage of that opportunity. Although it is not a school-wide sport, many students regard fishing as one of their top hobbies. 

“Fishing is a great way to connect with the outdoors and spend quality time with family and friends,” sophomore Jacobo Guerrero said.

However, fishing can come with its own set of challenges. One of the biggest obstacles many fishermen have is having mother nature against them.

“A challenge you might face, which has been occurring in South Florida frequently, are cold fronts which will make for a not so great fishing experience,” sophomore Ryan Piloto said. “Time of day, weather, tackle, location, current and depth are all factors that can affect your fishing.” 

At NHS, there is a whole club devoted to fishing where all the students can interact and share the same passion. There are, however, a large number of students who dislike fishing, and most of them share the same reasons as well. 

I find it annoying when I have been fishing for hours and still haven’t been able to catch any fish,” sophomore Benito Velasco said. 

It is possible that many beginners or non-fishers do not pursue this sport due to their lack of patience. Many starting off their journey in fishing have excluded the most important element to this sport.

“I would first tell them that fishing isn’t just about the fish, it’s also about the time you spend being alone or with family and friends,” Guerrero said. “Fishing is simply fun! The feeling of excitement when having and fighting a fish is one to yearn for.”