You step foot onto an island for your typical big time fishing trip. Dressed from head to toe in brand new Colombia fishing gear. You take a boat driven by your friendly neighborhood Walter, who cracks hearty jokes on your way to the island. You finish a long day of travel with a dinner of plentiful portion and warm food. Then the days begin to gel together into a cohesive product called a fishing trip. Each day you’re presented a morning full of fantastic fly fishing in the beautiful island of Guanaja, the idle moments filled with the exuberant guide’s hilarious banter. You catch the fish you desire: either the strong, dark bonefish; the gleaming silver tarpon; or the holy grail, the elusive permit, a creature of magic and fable. In the afternoon, your immersed deep within a magical native culture, filled with smiles of young children and hospitality of the villages hardworking elders. Lastly, the nights are comprised of delicious dinners and plentiful laughs. In your opinion, the trip comes to an end far too quick. The rods are put in their cases, the guides given their tips, and a final sad goodbye is given to your newfound friends made along the way.
As your plane lands your phone springs to life with friends nagging to hang out, parents awaiting the stories of your expensive venture , and the return of your comfortable, daily life. After a warm welcome from your parents and a trip to your favorite restaurant, your long day of travel almost reached its end. On the very last step of your journey, your cut off on your drive home from the restaurant by an irresponsible driver, causing you to slam on your brakes, bringing traffic to an abrupt halt. As expected, your sudden stop brings an onslaught of angry shouts and honks blaring in your ear. Then it hits you. Fish For Change finally makes its “change.” However, the change isn’t in the country of Honduras, but instead it’s in the minds of each of the young anglers the student program has touched throughout its lifetime.
Your epiphany brings you to an incredible realization, you finally see the country of Honduras and its people for what they truly are, an instrument to teach the rest of the world what’s really important. The people of Honduras have so little materialistically, but so much emotionally and ethically. They are a culture devastated by drugs, natural disaster, and poverty, yet every Honduran person you meet has a smile on their face and love in their hearts. While “first world” countries may have the latest and greatest technology, they are overcome by greed and the power of the dollar. People look out for only themselves fueling their own eternal desire for the newest material possession of the day. It is this change that finally shows you what’s truly important, it’s not the fish you catch of the things you acquire, but instead it’s the meaningful time you spend with those around you, rich or poor. You realize that Fish for Change has shown you a part of what life is all about, being able to spend time with those that you love, and simply the ability to fish another day.
By: Carr Urschel