Most Maine anglers don’t care if they catch a big fish, or even a lot of fish. According to a survey by Mark Duda of Responsive Management, 31% of Maine anglers fish primarily to spend time with family and friends. Another 31 percent fish for relaxation (that is not a fish species). Only 1 percent is out there trying to catch large fish. And 9 percent fish to be close to nature.
This reminded me of this statement, written by John Buchan:
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”
Apparently, we’re not all hoping for the same thing!