A ridiculously complicated battle requiring immediate concession of 50 feet of backing, passing the rod around several obstructions, untangling from the very top of a tree and throwing my rod over guide-wires like a javelin not once but twice. With a carp struggling on the other end the entire time. That doesn't hurt.
The guitar pose? That holds hidden meaning. I hope that doesn't hurt, it is not meant too.
The 14 stitches and a tetanus shot earned in the process? That hurt quite a bit.
Having to leave early to head to the emergency room and therefore miss seeing Barry hooking into some real beasts? Even another carp took the time to watch. Damn, that is excruciating.