Nothing like that feeling of jumping in the truck in the morning with a mug of coffee and a donut, and heading off for the water to fish. But what makes that moment really work is picking the right song to blare through the stereo as you roll. Can’t be just one song … the music has to match the mood, and more importantly, the type of fishing you’re setting off to do. My picks:

Bass … “Five Pound Bass” by Robert Earl Keen. (What else?)
Trout in the back country … “Splendid Isolation” by Warren Zevon.
Tarpon … “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n Roll) by AC/DC (Just try it.)
Mako Sharks … “The End” by the Doors.
Stripers … “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues.
Carp … “Chocktaw Bingo” by James McMurtry.
Redfish … “Essence” by Lucinda Williams.
Steelhead … “In Bloom” by Nirvana.

And when you know you’re in for that epic, blanket hatch on the trout river …
Anything by Barry White, because that’s all about love, baby.