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When you fish, do you usually go on trips planned well in advance or do you just grab your gear and go when ever you want? Usually my dad and I will fish on a weekend morning and decide to go a day or two before.

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Honestly, both apply for me.

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If its the local lake I always fish then I'll plan to fish it an hour in advance!

But if its a place a good few hours away or something I'm gonna plan it better and try to get the most out of the trip...

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I am a scheduler, not just for fishing but in nearly all aspects of my life. Nearly all of my fishing trips are planned a week or so in advance. I enjoy the anticipation and spend the time prior thinking thru what the conditions might be & what my plan of attack should be

The exception to this is during the warmer months if we get a rare storm to blow thru. Warm water & cloudy skies will get me to drop what I am doing & grab my gear.

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I have some trips planned months in advance, others planned in 5 minutes. Although the most common time for me to plan an outing are during the last 15 minutes of class!

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I just go, didnt have one trip planned this year.. Ive been on my way to one lake then change my mind turn and go to different one.

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All my fishing is planned. It could be a week ago that it was planned or I just planned that I was going fishing 30 seconds ago. :)

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I plan one of my trips a year in advance. I do a 2 week trip the same weeks every year and I book the cabin I'll stay in next year, while I'm still in it this year.  

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I go almost every day in the sunmer, even if its just a few hours. However, i still consider myself a planner, especially on the weekend trips that are longer in length. This means tying new leaders and the lures i will use X 14 on Friday.

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I should clarify one thing. As far as the wife knows every "What are you doing such and such time" question gets the reply - "I plan on going fishing". :eyebrows:

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About 90% of my trips are unplanned. I go when I can.............after work, week days I have off due to weather, weekends I don't have to work, days we get done early, etc....about the only "planned" trips I have are tournaments, and they are about once, maybe twice a month from late june to mid oct. When we are not busy I will use vacation/personal time to go, but I never "know" when the "slow" times will be, it might be a two week stretch in late Aug./early sept. while we are waiting for harvest to begin, or something like that.

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I usually like to plan things, and that includes fishing trips occasionally. But more often than not, my fishing just has to be spontaneous. That's just the nature of having my free time have to line up with the weather. A lot of the time, if I do plan a trip, it doesn't work out. Last week for example, I really thought I was going to be able to get about 3 hours of fishing in on Thursday. Walked outside to discover some pretty extreme gusts of wind, so I didn't go.

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I go on a lot of unplanned trips after work. Something about watching the sun come up while I'm working just makes the urge to go too strong to resist a lot of days. Anything on my days off has to be planned. Have to get the okay from the wife and make sure I have someone to watch my son for me to be able to go. 

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For me, mostly planned.  On occasion I'll stop on the way home or get a "wild hare" but most of the time I plan out my trips and try to take someone with me.  Even at my local lake I still do map study before most trips and plan out where I expect to be - especially if I am going solo.  If alone I always try to let my wife know where I expect to be fishing at just in case...

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Subject to bail at anytime! ;)

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Yes.

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Most are whenever I feel like going. But there's always a few trips that are planned months in advance. 

 

I usually will spend 2-3 weekends a year at a lake 2-4 hours away. And a week in Canada. And then a weekend in the fall for salmon. 

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