You can probably think of a dozen good reasons not to plan an serious fishing vacation now. I suspect most of 'em probably aren't good enough to outweigh the reasons to do it. I know you have all sorts of obligations to yourself, your family, your job. Who doesn't? I know it's hard to justify spending big bucks on your passion these days.
Of course such fishing vacation may simply be truly impossible. I'm talking to those of you who know in your heart of hearts it could be do-able. So do it!
I was fortunate enough to spend a week last fall fishing the Coral Sea. Long trip, mucho dinero. But it's worth a lot for such a benchmark experience that I know damn well will most certainly be etched in my memory cells until they're dust. Take a look at our gallery of 22 images from that trip; you'll get the idea.
Even if you can't afford the time or bucks to go that far, there are closer and less expensive multi-day ops near and far. A few of those are examined in Sport Fishing's great concept feature in the current (March) issue on motherships and live-aboards. Check 'em out and also surf the internet for more.
The difference between day trips and spending four or five or six days onboard a mothership is night and, well… day. If you've never done such a trip, plan it now. Maybe you can't afford it, but maybe you can't afford to wait. An eatery back in the old haunts in Seattle had a slogan that keeps coming back to me: "Life is short. Eat dessert first." 'Nuff said!