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Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that even on the bad days you still are not bored?  Can not catching anything get frustrating?  Yes, it definitely can, but you still stay out there.  I don't think it's all about catching anything all the time, I think it's about just being out there in the natural world and being away from all the stress and life problems.  I can spend 8 hours fishing and not catch a thing and it was not a bad day in  mind.  Fishing that long and catching one fish makes that one fish that much better no matter what the size.  Fishing wouldn't be as fun if you caught something every time you tossed a lure out.  Trust me, it would get boring faster than you think if that were the case.  Earning a fish is better than the fish just throwing themselves out to you every time.  Those type of days feel good, but if it were every day, it would get old.  Fishing stays fishing because it's a challenge and a patience game.  Does anyone else feel this way?

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I find when the don't bite that I try to force feed them and as we all know, that doesn't work. I do enjoy being out in nature, but some days it feels like I would have been better off staying in bed or going to w**k!

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You nailed it completely........I fish because I love to fish.....catching is just a bonus

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 If I'm having a hard day I make a point to stop and think instead of blindly casting lure after lure with the same result. The tough days are where you learn the most. But yes, I agree that I am never bored when I'm fishing.

"It's supposed to be hard."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhGDiJJeCNA

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When I'm fishing by myself I enjoy the hunt and slow things down quite a bit. I enjoy  trying to figure it out. When I have someone in the boat with me I feel a little pressure to put them on some fish. It's  the combination of being on the water with all it's sights and sounds and trying to put together the puzzle for that day. It's about spending time with my son's, friends and family and passing on knowledge. It's about learning new things and exploring. It's about talking about life and laughing. I never get angry and have an unequaled calmness. These things and many more is why I go fishing and I never get board.

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I've found that I enjoy three different aspects of fishing, each of which I can enjoy for certain lengths of time. There's actually catching fish. That I'll never get tired of and I have had several 15 hour days on the water simply because the bite didn't stop. Then there's actually trying to pattern and locate fish, which I enjoy but I do reach my limit. If I don't catch a fish after like 6-8 hours I usually have run myself out of options and go home to try and think critically about why I didn't do well. Then there's just being out in nature, which is usually a factor of the weather. I've deliberately gone out in some nasty conditions because I thought the bite might be on. I've been wrong and I've been right. I'll usually tolerate anything for at least a couple hours, but if it's a beautiful day, I'm in a new area, and I reach that 6 hour point where I get stumped, I'll usually just go around and quietly observe the animals. It's nice if I'm in the kayak because I can turn a fishing trip into a paddling trip in an instant, and switch back if I see something. 

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Worry not, your mindset is very healthy.

I've learned decades ago, that cranking a defenseless fish to the boat is NOT why I play the game.

My enthusiasm is based on the challenge of pinpointing fish location, selecting productive lures

and offering a productive delivery. The rest is anticlimactic, when the only thrill left

is letting someone else crank your fish to the boat (a top-flight thrill).

 

It's my guess that you're also reluctant to hire a fishing guide, and unlikely to fish

in a pay-to-fish sanctuary.   Stay The Course!   :thumbsup_blue:

 

Roger

 

 

 

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I hear you man.  I can usually stay interested in what I'm presenting so long as I'm getting some kind of action to pass the time.  After about 2-3 hours of nothing I try and make some drastic changes or move on.  If it's a slow day I'll usually try and catch one more of any kind of fish to end the day on a high note.  Got to love the anticipation of the next fish though

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I feel this way, Even if i catch one bass that day it makes it worth it.

I like to fish and enjoy the time spent with friends and family and the more i do it the better i get at fishing :)

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For me its the time spent outside. It takes me back to a time when I was much younger and life was simpler for me. The catching part is not that important. Some of my best days have been tough days because its given me an chance to look around and notice nature. Simple things like a heron wading for a meal or a raccoon scurrying up a bank. And yea, it beats work hands down. 

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If it was easy every time it would get boring IMO. 

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Everyone has covered it pretty well....myself...fishing being a challenge and figuring out the fish sometime in the day is very rewarding...those banner days are awesome too.   Buying a new lure and catching some fish is cool and rewarding as is a technique that you haven't done in awhile.  Moving out here from Oregon I have done several things different that were not so good back there...but I find to living in Knoxville with so many lakes close that one lake likes this color worm better or that kind of crankbait in a certain color seems to get more bites.  Wish sometimes I would have moved here sooner but all is well...

I know I'll get some shaking heads here but being out when a front moves through and experiencing the bite before, during, and after is an experience.  Fishing in the winter is one of my favorite times too.....amazing .... just amazing how well the fish bite.

Tight Lines

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