Rekindling The Passion – Recovering from Fishing Burnout
Suffering from fishing burnout is not a fun feeling. Not having the passion for it as I once did really hurts. I also realize that being a husband and a Dad has helped me put my priorities where they need to be and that a maturation process has taken place within me. I want to thank Jared for awakening the beast that lives inside me (my wife, on the other hand, is not so thankful) and for giving this ole Basshole another shot at things.
For those of you all that do not know me, I am a bass angler of 25 years. Yes, I have spent a quarter of a century venturing for that little green fish that so many seek over and over again. I have had my fair of successes over the years, and too many failures to count. As of lately, I have found myself to be totally burned out of fishing, and that is what I want to talk about in this blog.
As a father of a 4 year old daughter, I have found that the fun fishing I used to be able to do is few and far between; in both fun and fishing. Each year, I found myself getting burned out with fishing as the summer wore on and lately, I have found myself more focused on hunting whitetail deer and squirrels than fishing. This is very odd for me; Jared pointed out that at one time, I was one of the most hard-core bass anglers that he had met. That is saying something, coming from a man who has met many professional and novice bass anglers throughout his life. I take this comment as a compliment and also as a wake-up call.
Last year, things really came to a head. I managed to catch a gorgeous 8 lbs., 8 oz. bass very early in February. For most anglers, this would be a push toward topping that feat, but for myself, it was pretty much my entire bass season, all in one fish. I mean, what else is there to do after catching your personal best bass? For me, there was nothing. Of course, I always say that I am hunting that elusive double digit bass (which I thought I had caught a couple of years ago, but hadn’t), but after an 8 lb. bass……I was done. Literally. I don’t think that I picked up my bass rods at all.
Then, here comes Jared and I talking about Fishinpedia, the forums, and bass fishing. That old itch came back, but it was very, very faint. I told my wife that I would like to go fishing, but I haven’t caught a break in the weather. Rain storm after rain storm on the weekends….even when they aren’t calling for rain. So, that itch kinda sub-sided……..until the other day.
My wife and I had to run to Academy and Wal-Mart, and the day before, I had been watching a video from Paul Elias about the Mann’s Jelly Worm……..and we all know the success he had at Falcon Lake using this worm (132 lbs. 8 oz. of bass over 4 days).
Knowing that Academy in our town doesn’t sell Mann’s lures, when we went to Wal-Mart, I just had to see how much they were. Insert the infamous Bait Monkey on the back……..and that itch flared up. Being an old-school worm guy from when Dad taught me to bass fish, I can appreciate this worm in all it’s majestic glory. It’s not fancy or flashy. It’s the style of worm I like fishing……a straight tail worm. Needless to say, a pack of them came to the house with us.
As a new blogger for Fishinpedia, I want to thank Jared for the chance to throw my ideas, thoughts, etc., into an open forum and be able to convey the things that cross my mind.