To connect with nature, to revel in the quiet.
To actually have an appreciation for putting in your time, and seldom being rewarded.
To pick and pull at different tactics and see which is best.
To simply pass the time.
For the rush and chaos of a big strike that you can screw up at any number of points.
To make those hours of drinking actually productive.
To spend three or four legitimate hours down the wall from someone who has spent all night out there and fishes for sustenance.
To pass several hours for only the cost of a cup of bait.
To speak to and fish with strangers who aren’t strangers.
For the history, and the opportunity to wonder about the past.
For the chance of breaking your personal best record-catch.