If you've never been, it can be hard to understand why people love fishing so much. However, if you ask someone who's a fan of fishing, they'll tell you that it's not just about snagging a huge catch. Not at all.

So what is it that lures people to the water with a fishing pole in hand? Part of the fun is that it's exciting to see what you might catch. It could be a big fish, or a little fish, or maybe no fish at all, but the anticipation is exciting. Fishing also helps people escape from the responsibilities of being an adult for a little while and to relax and clear their mind.

If you're interested in giving fishing a try, on Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th, New York State is allowing anyone to fish in the fresh or marine waters throughout the entire state with no fishing license required. You have a huge pick of places to fish because all 7,500 lakes and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams in the state will be open for fishing.

If you're not sure where to fish, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's fishing page has a fantastic list. Also, if you've never fished before and want to learn the basics, The Department of Environmental Conservation has some really great free learning resources.

[via New York State Department of Environmental Conservation]