Whether or not you are into fishing, you might be interested to know who many would say is the greatest fisherman of all time. Certainly he holds some amazing records that have been widely reported but first of all what is he up against in terms of the competition? The largest fish ever caught was a great white shark that weighed an unbelievable 2,664 pounds (1,208.389 kg). Caught off the coast of Australia in 1959, it took angler Alfred Dean just 50 minutes to win the fight against this one-ton shark. The greatest number of fish caught in a 24 hour period was by Jeff Kolodzinski in 2020. Known as the ‘Marathon Man’, he is recorded as catching 2, 645 fish in Peoria (Illinois). One fisherman in Australia caught a Snapper with a $20 bill note rolled up in its stomach and Christopher Eggington made a catch that had swallowed a gold engagement ring. You may find it hard to believe that these records were surpassed by an even greater fisherman.
- ‘The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope’ - John Buchan
- ‘Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after’ - Henry David Thoreau
The greatest fisherman was known locally as Jesus of Nazareth and has attracted millions of followers. His fishing techniques were somewhat unorthodox as a group of seasoned fishermen in their trawler would tell you. They had been fishing all night but caught nothing. Jesus called to them from the shore to put their net on the other side of the boat - when they did, they caught so many fish that they needed a second boat which they filled. You may think that the Son of God had an unfair advantage! Another time, a tax had to be paid to the Roman authorities and he told one of his fisherman friends that the next fish he caught would have a gold coin in its mouth which was then used to pay the tax. Not only did Jesus feed a crowd with a few fish but he made a barbecue to grill fish he had just caught to convince his close followers as he ate it with them that he was no longer a corpse after having been publicly executed.
- ‘As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him’ - Matthew 14:18-20
Imagine you were fishing and someone said that to you! Any angler will tell you how you need to be savvy and patient with fish as they are often wily and can be easily scared off. A good fisherman knows the habits and movements of the fish he is after - Jesus is no different in that respect when it comes to you! He is still looking for those who will follow him for their benefit not his. Will you be one to follow him or the one that ‘got away’ - remember that Jesus is the greatest fisherman of all time and knows how to play the ‘long game’ even with the one that ‘got away’? Millions of people can confirm that this is no fishy tale.
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