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?
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.
All the best CRSTLNR1750 - I'll keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.
There is a similar thread on bow hunting on the campfire thread.
I've lost some interest in hunting, but fishing is still my biggest passion outside of my family.
Something about being on the water - everything seems right with the world.
Never, I'm out every chance I get, I have my two favorite lakes so that's where you'll find me. Generally fish alone because no one fits my time schedule, early mornings. Fish multi species or whatever bites. Keep a few for the table, but catch and release on good days if one comes along. Getting a little long in the tooth, don't know how many more years I'll be able to keep up my fishing routine, but when my days are done, my ashes will be sprinkled on the lake, don't care if the DNR likes it or not.
I won't say I've lost my enthusiasm for it, but it is dejecting when I try to get the wife and daughter to go with me and they either begrudgingly go or tell me no as if it's the worst thing in the world. I have a couple buddies from here I fish with when I can, but wind up going alone more often than not, and that gets to be a chore dealing with the boat on your own. I spent more time shore fishing last year. I keep waiting for that one magical day when the fish are going crazy and they're able to experience a truly FUN outing and hopefully catch the bug, but until then I'll continue to get depressed when I see a family out on their boat fishing and enjoying themselves.
Having fished in Alaska twice, Canada 4X and various trips the Pacific NW, I have pretty much lost all enthusiasm for fishing in Wisconsin. I guess there are a few lakes up north that are good for a meal or two of crappies in spring so there's that.
Not so far but I find that my hours per day have been getting shorter and shorter. 2 hrs a day max this time of year. I blame the weather but know differently. Part of this is boredom as I fish quite often . It’s different when I fish LM as I could fish all day. The same with Bago. I have to admit that the weather dictates if I fish or not. Age will do that to you but don’t stop! CARPIO
Man that’s a load to handle. Prayers for a full and complete recovery.
I feel ya! eat, slept and breathed lk mi fishing salmon and trout, steelheading in spring salmon in fall winter brown fishing etc, ice fishing 3 or more days a week, Im 38 now and I can say Ive lost some of that intrest and gusto, Idk why, I still love summer days on the big pond, but Id much rather be sitting on a pond getting some gills.Im just not that worried about it anymore and it sounds bad Im really not much into going to check or scout it out anymore, if a buddy tells me they are slaying them ill go.
Albeit I will still get up at 4am to break through ice and muck to get a mallard duck, but I could careless if the walleyes are hammerin on the river, I guess attitudes change with time and there is always to much to do in a weekend nowadays.
Absolutely I have! Diagnosed with prostrate cancer and Lymphoma spring of this year, surgery in June, still recovering from chemo. Only fished twice since surgery. My better half knows there is something wrong with me as I told her I was ready to sell the boat and fishing gear. I have been fishing all my life, and have NEVER been without a boat. Now, I could care less about it. Hoping this is just a temporary thing, just have to see how the winter goes.