Aspiration is a big part of what makes us human. For fishermen, that translates into the desire to catch a big one. Size, of course, is relevant. I can get as excited about a one-pound bluegill as I can a ten-pound bass or a 100-pound tarpon, but here’s the bottom line: that possibility of catching a big one is an important part of why I fish.
Awhile back, I went fishing for white sturgeon on the Columbia River, accompanied by my good friend Bruce Holt of G. Loomis, and golfing great Johnny Miller. Guide John Garrison put us on plenty of fish and I had the experience of a lifetime.
Seeing that first 10-foot sturgeon emerge from the depths at the end of my line had to be the highlight. Yes, the fight with a 500-pound fish was memorable, but visual confirmation of its incredible size made my knees buckle and inspired exclamations I rarely use. It was a sight I’ll never forget
Excerpt from "The Big Picture" in Why We Fish.