+1 on most of what being said...
I fish, specifically from the bank, because it reminds me of what it might takes to live free and independent on your own, or close to it.
Once upon a time there were wild chiken. A wild chicken's life is not easy, it may run around 20 steps to catch a morsel of worm, and might have to flap it's wings 200 times just to drink water, but it will never trade its life with a chicken under a gill cage who has everything food and water right there in a cage...but it could never flap its wings in flight once in its entire short life.
Why do I go fishing? To catch a box of fish and/or some quality time under the sun. Thank Heaven I never fail fishing in Texas, catching box fish or plenty of sunburn.