I am taking online classes an d had to write a 750 word paper on something that everyone should master.Here is what I wrote. There comes a time in everyones lives that want to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine. Sure they go out do the normal yard work, wash the cars, and maybe catch a swim. Then there are the days when someone has nothing to do and are bored. Now is the time to start mastering the art of fishing. You do not need a fancy boot or a few hundred dollars of equipment to start learning. Just the want of getting out and enjoying what nature provides. There are many different species of fish ranging from bluegill, bass, to catfish. These are some of the most common fish in waters in the United States. They can be found in small farm ponds to rivers. For a beginning fishing person the easiest fish to learn how to catch is the bluegill. With this in mind you will learn the basics of catching bluegill. Fishing is a skill that can be taught at any age regardless of sex. There are a few things that you will need to start with such as a rod and reel, hooks, baits, and bobbers. The next thing to purchase depending on your state and age would be a fishing license. You can buy most of these items at your local sporting goods store. After acquiring all the basic items it is time to practice casting. Practicing your casting will help you out when it is time to hit the water. The best way to practice is to find an open area and start casting. The first casts might not be the best but as time goes buy you will improve. The reason you need to learn how to cast is you will be more able to put your bait where you want to. By doing this you will improve your chance of catching a bluegill. The time has finally arrived you are going to go fishing. You get to the water and need to setup your pole. First thing you will need to do is tie your hook to the end of the line. The second step in the process will be to put your bobber and weight on the line. Last thing that will be needed is your bait. The bait can range from pieces of corn, bread, and the everyday favorite worm. Once this is done find yourself a spot to cast out and cast. First thing to do is watch your bobber in the water. Smaller bluegill will nibble at the bait, causing a slight movement in the bobber and ripples around the bobber. When a fish has you bait it will probably try to swim away, pulling the bobber under the water. When a fish bites, raise the tip of the pole quickly to set the hook and reel in the fish. When reeling in try to stir your fish from heavy cover such as weeds and wood. Doing so will prevent getting hung up and losing your fish. Now you have your bluegill you may wonder what to do with it. There are a few options that you can take with the fish. One is to keep the fish to take home and eat, take note that it helps to have a few more bluegill. The option to take is catch and release, this method is simple take the fish off the hook and put it back. Some anglers will keep their bluegill to use as bait for larger fish such as catfish. Now you have learned the basics of fishing you may wonder what the benefits to fishing are. Relaxation is one of the reasons that many anglers fish, getting away from the every day stress of life. Getting in touch with nature by enjoying the fresh air, the cool breeze blowing across the water, and the quiet atmosphere that fishing has. There are also some who fish for the challenge to catch the big one. Then some anglers fish just for the companionship, enjoying time with friends and family. Basically the true benefits from fishing are to unwind, experience nature and to reconnect with others. There are a few consequences of not knowing how to fish which most likely will never happen to the everyday person. One of the downsides of not knowing how to fish is getting lost while lets say backpacking. You get lost and foods running low and there is a small pond near you. If you do not know how to fish how will catch some food for survival. This is one the extreme side but might happen to someone some day. The last one would be missing out being out side and enjoying the relaxation that can come from fishing.