Simpler is better, or so it seems in retrospect. For one thing, fishing close to home is pretty much free of hassles. Whether it's bass (as in the photo) or trout, pike or panfish, the fishing nearby is generally productive and easy to get to. Airline travel, whether to a fishing destination or for any other reason, has become complex, daunting and expensive. I put my head down when I have to and put up with all the aggravation, but it's always an ordeal.