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?
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
Haven't lost enthusiasm for fishing I have lost enthusiasm for what goes with it today. I would rather sit in a quiet spot and not catch much than fight with other boats and crazy landings. I have bought a cottage on a small private lake and keep my boat in the water. My enthusiasm has really increased now that the hassle has been removed. My wife and kids fish with me and I love it. I grew up fishing a lot most of the places I fished are now packed and I encountered a lot of not very nice people. I think that is why I keep my passion for hunting. It is peaceful. Fishing was becoming a rat race.
I don't know that I have ever gotten bored or tired of fishing. I have gotten bored with fishing the same techniques or same bodies of water. I've since decided to up my game. I rarely run into a situation where I can't catch fish. I've now changed my game plan to looking for the biggest fish a body of water has to offer. It's forcing me to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. Maybe I'm not catching the numbers I used to but the quality of fish has most definitely gotten better.
I urge you guys that are starting to lose interest to try something new. A new technique, new lake or river, or maybe a new species altogether. It seems there is a decrease in people and kids getting into the sport. As much as I like my "secret" fishing spots, you'll also find me grinning ear to ear when I see a father and son a family sitting in "my spot" and having the time of their lives. I started guiding to help keep things interesting and teach people how to enjoy the greatest sport in the world. I'll give information to just about anyone who truly wants to learn. I watched and listened to my grandfather give info to people he didn't even know for years. Guess what, those spots are still producing the same quality fish they have been for 40 years.
Here are a couple photos from last summer on GB. I had never fished this spot before and the technique used to catch these fish was something I wasn't very familiar with. I went out of my comfort zone, on a new lake, fishing a way that was foreign to me and it worked! That's what keeps me interested!
Have I lost my fishing enthusiasm, No but at near 70 I don't get as serious about it. When I get tired I quit maybe 4 or 5 hours in the boat or 3 or 4 in the Kayak. I went a lot of years without fishing at all after having been raised in a fishing family. We sold fish bait for a living along side a small farm]. The biggest problem I see with the enthusiasm is have someone experienced about your age to fish with, share the ride and the excitement of a new fishing location and learn something new from. I at times wonder when will I make my last cast, then I say not now, Not yet. I will fish until the last worm is soaked.