Most people I talk to have caught a fish in their lifetime, even if they don't fish as a hobby. Usually, it's a largemouth bass. It makes sense. Those fish are everywhere and easy to catch. If you want to get hooked on the sport, though, I think you need something else. You need a little weird factor––or fear factor in the case of toothy fish––in order to draw people in to the realm of fishing obsession. Nothing against bass. I think they're fun as hell. Novelty is half of the reason to keep going back if you catch something different than a bass. It's also more fun to show off the photos at work later. If you're going to go out and catch something today, try something different. Even a smallmouth bass.
Sleeping in is a waste of daylight. Do what you love––go fishing. No excuses. This blog post was originally sent as part of my new daily newsletter series, An Excuse to Fish. If you like excuses to go fishing, a new one delivered to your inbox every morning, sign up for the daily newsletter.