Whether you’ve told your new bae you love Star Wars and the only character you can name is Yoda, or the phrase “make a touchdown!” has slipped while watching your “favorite” baseball team, we’ve all had to do a little faking it to keep the romance alive. Fishing is arguably a disgusting sport, but if you’ve landed yourself a nice country boy, he’ll probably think it’s a cute date idea. Don’t worry. Here’s how you can get through this without revealing your girlish ways:
Use a fishing lure
One of the nastiest parts about fishing is baiting that poor, squirming slimy worm on the hook. If even just touching a bug gives you the heebie-jeebies, then opt for a fishing lure instead. Lures are fake bait, but the fish don’t know that. If you’re only casting off a dock at the local pond, which is likely if you’re a fishing noob, you’ll be fine with cheap, soft plastic bait that looks like a worm.
Any seasoned fisherman will tell you to keep unnaturally quiet while you sit there staring at the water, doing absolutely nothing. Otherwise, you’ll scare away the fish. As someone who wants to avoid catching a flopping bluegill at all costs, you can use this knowledge to your advantage. Keep talking — about anything. However, you should try to avoid complaining. Not only is it annoying, but you’ll risk looking like that girl who can’t hang, and that’s exactly what you’re trying to avoid by agreeing to go fishing.
Grab the fish with a towel
Oh no, you caught a fish! No one expects a fishing newbie to unhook his or her own fish. However, if you’re committed to looking like you know what you’re doing, you can give it a try. Of course, you don’t want to touch that nasty thing. Use a towel to firmly grab the fish from the back, and wiggle the hook out. If you start to gag, just say you can’t get the hook out, which is a plausible excuse to end that nightmare. Your pro partner should come to the rescue.
Just because you hate all things slimy and gross doesn’t mean you can’t impress a guy who loves that stuff. Remember, just fake it till you make it.