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Took a 37 year breather. Now I'm Back!

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Hello Everyone,

 

I grew up within walking distance of the biggest lake on Long Island. Totally hooked on bass fishing from the get go. Saved my paper route money and bought a Daiwa 1000C and 5'10" medium Ugly Stik. Hot stuff for a 12 year old in '77. Armed with a Super Vibrax inline spinner and an Arbogast Hawaiian Wiggler, I was on fire. Last day I fished was Sept. 3,1980. Caught a big pickeral tossing the wiggler into the pads. Electrifying! Glad a fishin pal was there to see it. Nobody would've believed me otherwise.

 

So what happened? Life. Mostly all of a sudden I had a girlfriend. A bit older. Much more interesting to a 15 year old than a fish I tell ya! Then another. Cars. Motorcycles. School. Work, to pay for it all. But i always guarded my rod/reel combo, knowing that the day would come. Then it did.

 

My daughter brought her new boyfriend/future husband to a family picnic. During our first converstation he mentioned "bass fishing". That was it! The day came, sort of. Another year went by. I had a crazy workload. Finally, I tore down the reel and greased it. Replaced a guide on the old stick, and it was on. Got my permit 9/20 last summer and hit a local spot by myself. Surrounded by trees and water, every feeling I had as a kid gone fishing was back in a state of absolute perfection. A true and wonderous time warp.

 

I brought my brother out with me back in April of this year. His pride and joy Victory Viking now collects dust in his garage while surrounded by fishing poles. He's all in. When his riding pals call on a nice day he's usually already waist high in the water.

 

New friends, new family, Chronarchs, Curados, Tatulas, flippin sticks, jig rods, rods rods rods, etc, etc, etc...I'm back and I love it.

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welcome to the forum and welcome back to fishing.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Beware the bait monkey will be coming for you.

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1 hour ago, Log Catcher said:

Hello and welcome to the forum. Beware the bait monkey will be coming for you.

Thanks! Trust me, he came and is still coming. I'm already hiding tackle from my wife!

1 hour ago, Russ E said:

welcome to the forum and welcome back to fishing.

Thanks, Russ!

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1 hour ago, PhishLI said:

Mostly all of a sudden I had a girlfriend.

How did we ever think that girls were more important than fishing? (Hope my wife doesn't see this.) Welcome back to fishing!

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Welcome back/aboard!

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Welcome back, you gotta a lot catching up to do!

Tom

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Welcome back! Glad you found this amazing sport again 

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Welcome!

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I fished very little over the years, too: college, athletics, marriage, career, kids and grand kids. Then, I started back in earnest about 5 years ago after retiring early.

 

For you young pups out there, you will cross paths with thousands of others who love to fish, but don't. For this very reason, if I could do it over again, I'd buy a good boat, take my family out, of course; but, also my "bosses," my clients/customers, my suppliers, neighbors and more.

 

In the same sense that a game of golf can be an outing that "cements" relationships, fishing would do the same.

 

Tell me when a big company lay-off is in the works, if the guy who takes the boss fishing in his boat on occasion, gets to know him a bit away from work, if he gets the pink slip or someone else? Who does the customer give the order to?

 

Y'all get the idea. Close that 37 year gap!

 

Welcome aboard!!!

 

Brad

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Welcome back to fishing, it missed you! 

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resources ~ 

A-Jay

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Welcome Home! We're glad you're here.

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Thanks for the greetings, everyone! Nice place you have here.

 

Happy New Year!

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Welcome back.

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20 hours ago, long island basser said:

Welcome, enjoy the forums....and fishing once more!

LIBA member?

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8 hours ago, PhishLI said:

LIBA member?

No , never joined.

Been lmb fishing pretty much every weekend excluding winter the past 4 decades now. Just for the  joy and relaxation it brings me.

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