My wife and I went to Shed aquarium in Chicago back in 2003. All the fish in tanks re awoke a passion I had for fishing.
My uncle had introduced me to dunking worms on the Maumee river when I was a kid. I fished hard until about High School when girls, hobbies, and sports took over. I began to browse the Internets for more information on Indiana fishing. I transplanted to Indy originally from Toledo, Ohio by way of Charlotte, Baltimore, Toronto, New York City, Hartford, and Buffalo. I did not fish in any of those places. So now the last 5 years I have fished 100+ days a year. Almost exclusively for river smallmouth bass. Meeting and learning from a lot of great people.
I tend to absorb information about my hobbies like a sponge. I guess what I like about river smallmouth fishing is the mystery of each trip, cast, the anticipation. In a way, a quest for perfection for a perfectionist. I want to know what goes on in Indiana's streams, because I live here now.
Sure, there are bigger fish in some other states. I have very little desire to fish out of the state or even fish in state lakes. I don't want those experiences to ruin the magic I feel every time I hit a new piece of stream. I love hiking my ass off to catch smallies. Charting each stream in my mind is part of the allure. That's just my strange way.
All this is Sarah's fault. I have to admit she's damned cool about it. Hope all the readers out there have someone who makes them as happy.