So today I went fishing with my friends. Well, if you can call it that. We had been planning to go for a week now, and I was very stoked. Now, I've only been fishing once before and my experience is pretty much nill. Anyhow, we get there and I am given a $5 pink fishing pole from Target. My friend threads the pole and attaches bait. What was the bait? Corn. CORN. Of all things, she put corn on the hook. Yes, it was bait corn, but come on! I try my hand at casting but fail miserably, multiple times. Yes, you can attribute it to lack of skills, but I think it was partially the $5 fishing pole. The reel just didn't work properly with the momentum, it was very finicky. Of course the line got tangled and I had to cut it and start over. There were several times the reel wouldn't pull the string in when I turned the lever. Add to this, we left at 4 in the afternoon, and around this time of year, the sun sets at five!! What kind of horrible planning is that? Not only this, but the "creek" we fish at is more like a sewage exhaust system. The water is mucky as hell, and probably not very deep. I would be surprised if there is anything alive under that water. Furthermore, the creek is inlined with nothing but heavy brush and thick foilage, so she had me stand in the middle of the creek, on a concrete dam about 3 or so feet in width... She basically sets up my fishing pole and leaves to another spot with her boyfriend. I had never felt so unprepared and ill-equipped in my life. What a horrible experience and a waste of $13 for a day's fishing license. I am a big believer in either doing something right or not bothering at all. What needed to happen today was the following: we needed actual fishing equipment that works, proper bait and the right strength fishing line, we needed people with experience and teaching ability, and an actual place where fish live. Not to mention a comfortable location in which to fish, instead of a concrete balance beam. God, these people are my dear friends whom I dearly love, but I am NEVER doing anything out-of-doors with them ever again without the presence of some people who know what the hell they are doing. I absolutely love and adore the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors, but have extremely limited experience. I want all that to change, however. I would like the skillsets of an outdoors adventurer, and this is why today was such a major disappointment and failure. I would like to hear thoughts please. And some advice about fishing and fishing equipment. I want something of high quality without breaking the bank. Thanks a lot, guys. <!--EndFragment--> Wanna kill these ads? We can help!