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Author Topic: [Theory] NOT TOO OLD.......YET  (Read 275 times)

Offline Bud Kennedy

[Theory] NOT TOO OLD.......YET
« on: March 25, 2018, 12:17:53 PM »
I have often wondered just how much longer will I be able to take the boat out fishing.  Like many senior age people, medical concerns have been in my past and it makes one think about when will it be time to let the boat go.
 
Being in fairly good health at the moment is something I am certainly happy to report but reality suggests that one day things could change that may require the termination of some of the things that I do today.  The problem is that we don’t know when this will happen.
 
As a senior citizen you begin to notice changes.  You might have a few aches and pains that seem to appear overnight.  Your once sure- footed movement while on the boat is not quite as stable as it was just a few years ago.  I have also noticed that my endurance and strength have also degraded but still within reason.  Simple things like standing on the deck making casts have become less and less.  More often than not, I am fishing from a seated position and only standing for short periods.  I don’t like it but it is my reality.  I no longer go out in the boat alone.  I like to have someone assist during the launch and recovery of the boat.  Currently my senior citizen wife handles those chores.  She handles the driving of the truck during these functions while I put the boat on the trailer from the helm.  We both wipe down the hull and secure the tie downs when leaving the area.
 
This year I have spent a bunch of money for updating my rig.  New trailer, new carpet, and new boat cover.  I have updated all of my rods and reels over the past couple of years and am ready for a few more years of bass hunting.  I must admit, however, that this may not have been the most responsible thing I have ever done.  Since we don’t know how much longer we can be boaters, we did these things simply because we are not ready to quit just yet.  At least now we can take the boat on the road without worry of trailer failure.
 

Now as I marvel at how fast the pages of the calendar have turned, my philosophy of life still has not changed.  It is so true that I want to wear out and not rust out.  I want to keep boating as long as it is safe.  I just do things a little slower these days.  All I can say my friends is fish on and stay positive for the future and make the most out of each and every day.

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Offline iamski

Re: NOT TOO OLD.......YET
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 08:43:37 AM »
Bud I agree with you. The tournaments I fish in my three clubs, I try to team up with other anglers to laurnch and retrieve boats. Works pretty good. I too up grade boat and tackle to cut costs. This year it's a new cover for the boat. this one was the original one with boat, lasted 11 years. 
I also wear my life vest a lot more than I did before, for that safety factor. Us senior anglers try to the best of our ability to keep eye on one another too. Also help out too. 
We have two anglers that are 74 and the rest of us are 67 or 68.
Everyone has to believe in something. I believe I'll go Fishin.

Offline SENKOSAM

Re: NOT TOO OLD.......YET
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2018, 07:03:16 PM »
I to am up there in age, but every day involves some aspect of fishing. Winter can be tough because cold sensitivity invites nocturnal pain if outside longer than necessary, therefore no more ice fishing. But, lurecraft keeps the imagination active and stimulates creativity, rewarded by catching fish from early spring to fall on lures I modify or created from molds. The important thing is to avoid mental stagnation and a closed mind when it comes to anything fishing related.

It's easier to ignore the aches and pains of aging when one has activities on or off the water. 

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Re: NOT TOO OLD.......YET
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 06:53:39 AM »
Well I fit in the same group as the old man over the hill bunch.  I have to have a fishing partner before the wife will allow me to go out fishing.  I am the oldest guy in our bass club at 74 and will turn 75 in August.  I wear my PFD when I am in the boat and some time forget to take it off.  Better safe than sorry.  As I have fallen over the side a time or two I wear my PFD.  I also up graded my boat from 16 ft. to a 21 ft..  New rods and reels so I guess a few more years of fishing for me.  When I'm too old to fish then it will be time for the grave, just the way I feel about life.  
Put a rod in my hand and a boat under my feet and watch me catch bass.

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