"I fish because fishing is the ultimate sport for optimists - each time you cast into the water, there's a chance that your bait could be taken by almost anything. Bass, catfish, snakehead, trout, panfish, etc. all have their excitement and their challenges. Any cast could be the one to produce a strike. The anticipation of a strike, watching a fish hit the surface while chasing prey, the struggle of the fish, the leaping and running, then bringing the fish to your feet before ultimately releasing it and watching it return to the current to live and fight another day, are all part of the experience.