1. There’s a constant struggle between how much you enjoy a day on the boat, and how boring it is to sit in one place and fish. It’s still fun, sure, but the luster wears off after awhile and you’d rather be cruising and hitting waves.
2. Your goal every year is to have enough fish in the freezer by the end of summer that you can last through the winter.
3. It’s very easy to find an excuse to have friends and neighbors over: a fish fry. Just add beer.
4. Wondering if this is the year you will finally cave and learn how to clean fish. Stare at a pile of dead fish. Nope, definitely not this year.
5. Wondering if there is such a thing as gluten-free fish batter. Hint: yes! Every natural food store has at least a few options.
6. Your weekend days are wide open. Since your guy gets up early and is gone for the entire day, you get to relax and do some of the things you used to do alone when you were still single. It’s actually fun when on Sunday night you both have stuff to fill each other in on since you’ve spent more time apart than usual.
7. Dealing with someone who has fresh sunburn almost constantly. Also, very dad-like tan lines.
8. Your grilling adventures are limited to potatoes and veggies — everyone knows the best fish is fried. Unless, of course, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can catch Salmon, then you are stocking up on cedar planks.
9. Bound up in your summer is the eternal hope of a romantic midnight fishing trip like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band promised you.