There's more to fishing than just catching fish. Believe it. One of the greatest pleasures for an angler here in Connecticut is simply getting out. This is an intense state, after all, in an intense part of the country. Northeasterners are uptight by nature. Everyone knows that. Fishing offers a respite from the whirlwind of contemporary Connecticut life.
Take Bonds Dock in Stratford, for instance. It's an absolutely beautiful place. One can not only land a decent sized fish. One can look out at the water, enjoy the boats which come in and out of the mouth of the Housatonic River, and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Fisherman can even pique their interest in history. For Bonds Dock once served as a training camp for bare knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan (Americas' first sports celebrity), as well as for Jack Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight champion. Although Bonds Dock undoubtedly looks a bit different today than it did during the eras of these two pugilists, the historic connection remains an intriguing one. .
In short, Bonds Dock offers sportsmen more than just the opportunity to catch some good fish - and, rest assured, good ones can be landed there - it offers sportsmen the chance to get away from the daily grind by visiting a unique and interesting location.
Of course Connecticut is filled with colorful places to fish. Expect reports of more fascinating locales to be forthcoming. The point, however is that the old saying is true: a bad day of fishing really is better than a good day of work - or of most anything else, for that matter. A trip to Bond's Dock is proof positive of this fact.