When you take someone fishing, there are many advantages. Not only is there the added benefit of safety (you can watch each otherâ€™s backs!), but there is also an assistant for the tricky landing of that big fish.
The line and knot have to hold, the net deployed skillfully, and the fish has to cooperate. Then, two anglers suddenly are going to share a moment, hopefully of jubilation. But how?
A handshake is too formal.
Head butts or chest bumps should be avoided to keep one or both anglers from falling in the water.
The single â€śfist bumpâ€ť has become acceptable, as long as it isnâ€™t extended with fist opening and the little explosion sound.
A stinging hand slap of a â€śhigh 5â€ť is a quick, effective vehicle to express gratitude and mutual respect.
But my favorite, I learned 15 years ago in Hawaii from my angling neighbor: â€śThe Fishermanâ€™s Handshake.â€ť Hands cross and slap each otherâ€™s forearm like the tail of a fish. Judging by the fishing shows, it doesnâ€™t seem to have caught on. Yet.