Sounds like a good fish story to tell over a cold beer, or a glass of good whiskey. IMO, that's the whole purpose of fishing.
The only fishing I have ever really enjoyed was offshore. As a teen, the neighbor across the street would take his son and me 50-100 miles out in the Gulf to fish red snapper. After three days of that, I would shower and sleep for 24 hours.
So, no matter what you actually caught to eat, you will have a memory -- a pulled groin -- to make that meal taste even better.