For all the skill, trickery and experience needed to frequently catch fish, there is nothing quite like being in the right place at the right time.
In that sense it is similar to scoring goals so perhaps it should be no surprise to learn that Roman Bednar, who struck 17 in 34 appearances last season, is a keen participant.
He this week revealed that rather than endure intensive physiotherapy to recover from a hernia operation at the end of last season a spot of fishing has done the trick. Judging by his performance against Real Mallorca last Saturday, recovering footballers will be swapping the gym for the riverbanks.
Given that West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has already likened the prospect of playing in the Premier League to “swimming with sharks”, the top-flight should suit Bednar.“I did swimming and fishing during the summer and not much else,” he said. “I fish by the rivers in the Czech Republic - mainly for sharks!
“I thought maybe the physios wouldn’t agree with me and tell me I should have done something but I was resting and I don’t feel a thing now. I’m just happy that I stayed fit all through pre-season. Having run more than I ever, I feel fit.
“It [the strike against Real Mallorca] was my first goal in pre-season and I don’t think I have scored a lot in training, either. So for me it was good and for the team it was important.”
The result and performance against a very good Mallorca side will have given the Baggies a boost for a daunting season-opener on Saturday - away to Arsenal.
“It will be a tough start because not many teams win there,” Bednar said. “But you can surprise people and I’m sure we won’t be scared. We have experienced players and we will try to put our plans in place and we will see what happens.
“Maybe that will be the difference this season from the last time the club was in the Premier League. We have more experience and a different mentality.
“Last season we were under pressure to win every game and this year we will also be under pressure in every game. But we are a very good squad and we are hopeful that our plans will work.”