A couple of months ago, I found myself in a similar situation. I was invited to host a Sport Fishing Television episode on fly-fishing for giant tarpon in the Rio San Juan, in Nicaragua. As soon as I saw my plane ticket, I was overwhelmed with excitement and immediately converted my house into a fly-manufacturing facility. The first two days on the water, I cast a 450-grain sinking line on a 12-weight from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and jumped only one small fish. Each morning, the production crew and I felt the stress of completing the episode. Every second that ticked by, that stress increased. Interestingly enough, after fishing, we came back to the lodge and were all laughs and smiles each evening. The fish were there — we saw them rolling from sunup to sundown — but they simply were not eating. The people, the crew, the location and the caiman hunting at night made us forget about the lockjawed tarpon. In situations like these, you’ve got to look beyond the catch. Pay attention to your surroundings, enjoy and learn about the culture, and don’t be shy — strike up a conversation with locals. Take my word for it: If you focus only on the fish, you will never know what you might be missing out on.