Thought we could all share some of those lessons we learned the hard way when fishing. Some of mine are: Always have a spare flashlight and fresh batts. when night fishing. A short piece of rope takes up very little room but has countless uses Keep a knife in your takle box at all times Catfish will run off with your rod..keep it secure Hooks, line, and leaders need checked/replaced often If you dont want to kick it in the water....keep it behind you. Look forward to reading yours.