Or has it? Are we making things harder on ourselves? I think back to when a great day fishing just meant having fun with our friends. I didn’t know what a circle hook was and I had never heard of braided line. 20# mono was about the heaviest line my rods and reels could handle. I didn’t have a fish finder on my boat so I had to find fish the old fashioned way. Keep moving until you found a good spot. GPS- what was that? I used the same rod for everything I fished for. My hooks and line were the cheapest I could find. My hands served as rod holders or sometimes my legs. Today, we find ourselves needing specialized rods and reel, custom-designed boats, GPS units so we don’t forget where we have been. We have to remember which hook works best under certain circumstances and which line we need for where we are fishing. We have fancy lights on our caps and some kind of bite detectors on our rods. We have to keep track of seasonal patterns and the barometer. Is it pre-spawn or post-spawn? What’s the best bait? Etc. Etc. Etc. Wow! Fishing has become a complicated science. Some college somewhere should be offering a Fishing Degree. Then we can brag when we tell our friends “I just finished my Bachelor’s in Fishing. I majored in Catfish and minored in Bass.” Do we need all of this to catch more fish. Of course not. Tools are for the professionals. They help you get better results hopefully a bit faster. Tournament anglers need to take advantage of all the tools they have available. But for “Joe the Plumber“, fishing looses its appeal when it get too complicated. Take a step back sometimes and just go out to have fun. Grab the kids or a couple of buddies and go have a good time. Go camping and relax. Don’t worry if you don’t catch anything. If you do hook a nice one, let a kid reel it in. Don’t worry if they loose it because they will be having fun. If you remember fishing for pleasure then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If the grandkids always want you to take them fishing, then you know what it means not to be too serious all the time. If you have never tried just having fun, try playing a game with the kids while you are fishing. Do something fun. Relax and enjoy yourself and your time with family and friends. You will find it very rewarding.