Does fishing produce good writers and philosophers? Or good people? Could the converse be true? I am far from the first to ponder these questions. Which brings up an interesting fact: etymologically, “pond,” “pound,” and “ponder” bear the same root. To think deeply or reflect on something is to weigh it in our minds. “Essay” comes from the “assay” of metallurgy and pharmacology, a derivation of the Old French assai, to weigh and test.