A Vegetarian Learns to Fish

I am a vegetarian.

That does not mean I consider fish an acceptable protein source. One who eats no meat with the exception of fish flesh is called a pescetarian, not to be confused with a vegetarian; one who consumes only plant derivatives, or piscivore; one who eats a diet primarily of fish.                                        

My dietary choices are not to protest or draw attention to all of the horrid animal cruelty, but for, in my opinion, a much more noble morality. If I kill it, and feel the necessity to do so, then and only then will the flesh of another animal pass my lips in the form of sustenance. I have no right, morally, to consume another animal I had no part in creating or terminating. I also lack the need for protein in said form while living in a civilized society where protein comes easily from other sources.

After much consideration, I have decided that it is acceptable to attempt, and I say ‘attempt’ due to my utter lack of angling skills and knowledge, to supplement my diet while skiing across frozen country in the middle of nowhere (see previous post) in order to not only decrease the amount of food weight I must haul but also as a more substantial source of protein and vitamins than lightweight freeze dried just add hot water meals.

In regard to this decision, I spent a day at the tiny but effective library of the town where I live conducting some well needed research concerning ice angling.

A couple of pages resulting from my day of research.