It's weird. In my 20s, I'd fish anytime I could. Multiple days in a row. Middle of a hot summer day....freezing cold fall weather....Never got tired of it. Now, in my 40s, I still enjoy fishing, but I can go weeks without fishing and it's not a big deal. I'm not depressed. I just enjoy other things in life at this stage. I still love to ice fish as much as I can. But, being in the boat in the summertime or casting along a river just doesn't appeal to me as much as it used to. Anyone else experience this? Does the appeal to fish come back? Kind of never thought I'd get to this point and I'm actually totally ok with it.
Have you ever lost your enthusiasm for fishing?
82 now and never had lost my enthusiasm for fishing or the out of doors. Hunting I have tho, something about killing game at this age after years of doing that. Fishing also change, don't take limits and catch and release a lot.
This is an honest question all of us will have to answer sooner or later. Its been since 1989 that I last dropped a hook in the water. Back then, I was hitting my limit every day, fishing a 98 acre Lake with almost zero pressure, on a Naval base with Limited access. Hurricane Hugo hit us so hard the oxygen Levels in the water became depleted and wiped out the fisheries. That storm destroyed some of the best fishing anyone could ever hope for. Not too long after, the gulf war happened and I had to go, leaving a Damaged home to wait until I returned. I lost interest in everything I cared about. Now, as a Senior Citizen I find myself collecting a hod podge of cheap equipment and trying to rekindle the Love of a Sport that used to keep me out all night almost every night. Going back to fishing College on you tube videos, trying to Learn Northern Coho Salmon, Brown trout and Steelies, in the Great Lakes where I reside these days and all. I am determinded to beat the PTSD and this Pandemic too. Tight Lines!
Well , when I was younger I use to wrench on race cars that were ran at Slinger Speedway, so when spring and summer came around , the race car was number one , everything else was second, now that I am older , fishing is what I like to do more than anything . Just upgraded my boat to something bigger, my wife is the best fishing pattern anyone can ask for . And now have a grand daughter , so as of now I am making up for lost time from my 20ties and 30ties where one season I only took my boat out twice, the rest of the time was wrenching on the car . So as of now I have even more enthusiasm to get up and hit the water any chance I get .
No desire to own a boat. It’s just not for me. Like Dirty Harry said, a man’s gotta know his limitations. Fortunately, living in the Driftless and along the Mississippi provides more opportunities than I can shake a stick at, sans boat.
I still love fishing, but what was getting old to me was hooking up the boat, driving to the launch, launching the boat by myself, not catching anything for 5 hours, loading the boat back on the trailer, backing it into the driveway, hooking the batteries up to the charger, cleaning the fish if I kept any, and then finally covering the boat. I still love fishing and driving the boat and catching fish, but everything else is starting to seem not worth the effort. I use the heat as an excuse not to go. For the past 5 summers, it's been getting hotter and hotter each year. I can't handle the heat any more. Also, last year I got an aggressive case of melanoma from not taking sun exposure seriously for too many decades.
One thing that rekindles the fishing spirit is taking kids fishing. My daughter just loves it. I'm happy to just watch her catch fish and teach her the things I've learned. Last year, we went up North and she was happy as could be just catching tons of rock bass.
Feel your pain forspencers. when my wife passed almost 10 yrs now I sold my 18 ft ranger '"fisherman" and have not "wet a line" since then! Great boat and great times way back when! Traveled all over the country with that boat. I never got a chance to fish "SALT WATER" maybe someday. #1 on my 'BUCKET LIST"!!!
It’s easy to get bored with fishing for the same species, the same method, the same lake. This year I’m going to get a ultra light rod and reel and try my hand at pan fishing. I used to do this when I was young, then I started bass fishing. Bass fishing has become boring to me. I tried walleye fishing, but Winnebago is the only lake close enough to really catch them. I hate fishing the river spawning run amongst the crowds.
So if you lost some desire for fishing, maybe a change will re-spark your interest?
I really LOVE to fish... The times that come to mind when I lost a HUGE fish even if you see the fish or not, there are times you just feel like calling it a day! "That fish ain't biting anymore!" Then when your tackle box/gear gets stolen while fishing... The first time after I was sure it was probably gone for good, I wanted to sell everything and forget fishing... Now I have twice as much gear/tackle... Economy and high cost of gas/license ect, I ended up fishing only on vacations or local occasionally... After moving out and before my divorce, I spent the whole year fishing rediscovering and setting personal best records AND locally... I really miss the kind of fishing I use to do... I got pneumonia that became double pneumonia, after the ER admitting me I expired that night and woke up 3 days later in the ICU... 8 more days later I was released with two liters of oxygen 24/7... Still I could only last for less than 20-25ft. having to stop and rest for a few before the next little bit after which I had to rest once again... Across flat mowed grass it was so depressing, knowing less than 3 months prior I was mushroom hunting all day up and down hills w/o any kind of problems and fishing all day going around an entire lake as many times as I like without issues, and now ask myself is it worth it how difficult it is... First year I could take half a shower and was exhausted, the next year a full shower, now I can take a shower and towel off... Now this virus, but I'm looking forward to catching some nice gills close by! PW
It comes and goes. I used to be in the hooch at least 150 days a year. Then slowed way down. Got another fishing partner and from spring back to fall forward and then some every Saturday. Last 2 years not so much. But the itch is back. From 2 Saturday’s from now till the trout quit eating, I will be gone to South Carolina. And maybe our to White river in Arkansas in January. Have to big boxes of streamers for big brown trout. 8 ball pool