Getting up there and on the lake and enjoying the outdoors and just having a line in the water is all it takes for me. I know the expense and the time to drive up there but I guess for me just getting away up to that great place and enjoying a few cocktails and meeting other fisherman is what I look forward to the most. Don't get me wrong I am up there to catch fish and usually we do but for me anytime away from work and the daily life is what getting up on the lake and fishing means to me...............Kirk
You got it Kirk! Just thought I'd reinforce your message. That is the attitude I take with me every time I go out. If I measured my enjoyment on how many or how big of a catch, I would have long since moved on to other forms of immediate gratification. There is a lot to gain from just "being out there". On a more specific note, on URL or LOTW or others you still have a better chance of getting a keeper fish for a meal even if fishing is slow. On Mille lacs where I do most my fishing, getting one in the slot is somewhat rare these days. Not a requirement for me, just a hope. It's been a tradition for me since I started fishing at 5 years old. Fortunately most establishment's around Mille Lacs offer that "tradition" on their menu. Be thankful for whatever blessings you are given.