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How long have you been bass fishing?

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Caught my first smallmouth 51 years ago.

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Since I was 3 or 4, so well over 20 years. 

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I'm told it was age 4. That's 61 years. Can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday but can remember every detail of the first nice bass (6 lbs) I caught and that was 59 years ago. My wife of 44 + years tells me I am ill and need help. Told her no, I'll just suffer thru and die from it.

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1966

FirstFish2.jpg

Oh,"bass fishing"... caught my first bass, a 12" LM, about age 7 or 8. I was.... mesmerized. Still am, entirely.

Fishing journal begun Oct 19, 1977; Currently on the 9th volume.

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I caught my first largemouth bass in 1959 using this Ted Williams-branded (Sears) reel. The bass in 1959 was probably about the same size as this reel brought in just a few years ago...:lol:

2013-06-12 Ted Williams 400 11in LMB FFG Lodge .JPG

 

To more correctly answer the question of "how long have you been bass fishing" expressed as a cumulative total number of years specifically fishing for bass (not when you caught your first bass) - I guess it would be about 20 years total considering I had long "fishing hiatuses" over the years and fished only salt water for some time as well.

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58 years ago. 

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Bass specifically 36 years.

 

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25 years or so. using baitcasters since age 8 i thinm.

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I've been concentrating on bass for maybe 35 years. I'm 46 now. I got my first baitcaster for Christmas at about 12 years old I think. But I've been fishing since before I have memories.

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30 years ago I started. Nearly every weekend in the summer from age 4-15.  Then a little less from 16-19.   from age 20-30, when work obligations kept me away, I wasn't able to fish ore than a couple mornings a year.  The last 4 years has been a progressive incline with each year.  Career change and geographic location are helping me catch up for lost time.  

So 30 years with only 15 of them consistent.

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51 years and counting ~ circa 1966

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Caught my first bass out of a pond behind our house in Middletown, RI in 1954.

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Im told when I was 6..60yrs 

 

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Grew up fishing but didn't start targeting bass till I was 16 and could drive myself to the river. So that would be 31 years now and I still don't know why I do it. Maybe cause its not as bad for me as smoking or worse for me than exercising. 

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Started as a pre-teen in 1975, so 41 years.  Fished alot until I was 16 and able to start dating, then sporadic through the beginning of marriage & starting a family.  As the kids got older and my responsibilities changed, I reverted back to pre-teen form :).

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I started fishing in the  80's when I was 6 or 7 years old, I was a "bass fisherman" by age 10, I am 40 now. So 30 years and counting.

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My avatar has two nice bass in it and I'm guessing I was about 10. So around 50 years .

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The first bass I have family photo catching was in '47 using a cane pole with flag shape chamois dyed red crappie fishing off our dock. It would have been around '51 when I started bass fishing using a casting rod & reel.

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I started this year. I have really tried to be a student of the sport and it has definitely paid off.

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Since I was three.  I couldn't even cast yet, so someone would throw my bobber and nightcrawlers out and tell me to jerk and reel as fast as I can once the little red and white bobber goes under.  I still remember that day, it seemed like I caught giant bluegill nonstop for hours at the time.

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I started fishing at 4 ,.... Bass specificlly? started around 12 and I've been hooked ever since that first hard fight. So,.... 40 + years

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