It has to happen slowly.
First, you have to give them a pleasant teaser, a care-free day on the water that shows them the happy side of fishing. Introduce them to a few species and a few tactics. Help them understand that fishing can be whatever they want.
Then, start ramping up the pain.
I think the suffering through horrid conditions, difficult fishing, and arduous paddles miles from the launch builds character. That character is what keeps many coming back to the water to fish. They want to see if they can take it.
It gives them an experience that they can't find in their normal lives.
I think we all need that; me, you, and even your innocent friends that have no idea what's coming. Those poor souls have no idea the hell you're about to put them through for a few dinky little fish.
Can you hear the jealousy in my voice?
I love a good sufferfest.
Sleeping in is a waste of daylight. Do what you love––go fishing.
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