Agree, water is amazing and relaxing. I am just not so sure if the fish enjoy this hobby.
It's an age old debate, and one I don't really want to get into on this forum. Suffice to say though, if it were not for angling, many of the fish, and the aquatic habitats they live in, would simply not exist today.
Income from the sale of rod licences in the UK is currently around £25 million per annum, and that money gets pumped directly into the maintenance, preservation and improvement of rivers, lakes and aquatic habitats in the UK. I buy a licence every year, regardless of the fact that I probably won't be able to go fishing, and I consider it an important contribution to help maintain those fishery environments.
Many of these habitats, particularly the lakes and gravel pits wouldn't even exist, or would be in a much more sorry state if it weren't for angling being the largest participation sport/hobby in the UK, and would have been filled in for housing, or polluted to the point of collapse, decades ago. Historically it has been anglers that have been the early warning and reporting system for industrial pollution, and one of the main pressure groups to push the Environment Agency to take action against polluters, and commit to spending on repairing the damage done.
My local Attenborough Nature Reserve
gravel pits are a perfect example - over 360 acres of some of the most pristine aquatic habitat in the UK, supporting over 250 species of birds, and now a site of 'Special Scientific Interest' - if it wasn't for the dominance of angling on that site over the past prior 50 years, and the fight anglers put up during the 60's to prevent the aggregate company filling in the gravel pits to build housing, combined with the local Nottingham Anglers Association purchasing fishing rights at the site from the aggregate company for over that 50 years, using anglers money, the site and everything it represents would not exist today.
Also fish like the massive barbel being caught today on my local River Trent were direct stockings of 1 inch fingerling fish made by the Environment Agency in the 80's and 90's, following massive devastation from industrial pollution in the proceeding decades. That was a direct result of angling pressure put on the EA, and angling funding. The Trent wouldn't be the thriving aquatic habitat it is now, if it were not for anglers:
** Steps down off soap box** 😂