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So, what is/are your attainable goal/goals for 2024?

 

Here are mine:

 

Hang every four-pounder and up on the scale. I think I caught two seven-pounders in 2023, but didn't measure either one because both were caught in the dark in my tippy canoe and they both made me so nervous because of their big bellies that I couldn't think straight.

 

Now that my anemia is lessening, I'd like again to have a 100-bass day. It means I'd have to fish the morning and evening and the bass would have to be bonkers both times. Last year, I was just too anemic to do this.

 

Catch and weigh a couple or more 20-pound bags.

 

Master vertical fishing with my new H casting rod.

 

Catch a lot of bass on jigs.

 

What are yours?

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Expand on what I learned last year and try to learn more!

 

I am just about to launch a heavy metallic shiny thing barrage at offshore fish.  I'm ready to start looking for fish on bed much earlier this spring (like last week of January).

 

I have learned lily pads are good right as they all died.  Gonna be keeping tabs on the stems all through the winter.  Got a feeling early bird gets the giant female bass out of the stems long before they're proper lily pads again.

 

Just continuing to dial it in and learn when it's the time to throw what on my bodies of water.

 

If I had to point at a technique and say I'd like to do more with it next year, I'd say 'finesse' as a whole.  It's not been my style ever in terms of lure choice but I'm finding it is pretty effective around here.

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My attainable goal is the same one I set every year - not to set any goals for the upcoming year 😆

 

I’m on a pretty good winning streak with these 😎

 

I know - bah humbug! Something almost always develops to hold my focus during the year though…sometimes several ‘somethings’, but they’re all part of a larger system that always ends up benefitting me in the long run.

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I would like to fish with someone new/ Get someone new into fishing. 
 

I would like to learn more of the river. 
 

I branched out using different baits in 2023. I would like to refine this and get proficient with them. 
 

I would like to enter another tournament. 
 

I want to have as much fun as possible. 
 

I would like to become in my eyes a decent angler.

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Same goals as this year.

1.  Fish more days.  I was a complete failure at this goal.

2.  A bass over 11 pounds.   I came close this year, but even with two scales I couldn't get better than 10.7. 

3.  Send the Monkey packing, and become more proficient with the lures I already own.  My wife may be a big help in fulfilling this goal. 

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Go fishing bass again during pre spawn with jigs.

Tom

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My fish goals stay the same every year- a 4 lb smallmouth and a 5 lb largemouth here in NJ. I lost two largemouth last year that would have done it. I caught a smallie the year before that topped it. They are around and achievable, but not easy. 
 

my fishing goals for next year would be:

- get more days on the water than 2023. I was down 10-15 trips this year from the prior year. 
- fish with my dad at least ‘twice’. Once on his waters and once on mine. It doesn’t look like we have a big May vacation this year so I know where I’ll be then. 
- get some more smallie focus. They are in limited waters here and get tough after May. So I have to make the choice to hunt them and have the time to do it early. 

 

50 minutes ago, Susky River Rat said:

I would like to fish with someone new/ Get someone new into fishing. 
 

I would like to learn more of the river. 
 

I branched out using different baits in 2023. I would like to refine this and get proficient with them. 
 

I would like to enter another tournament. 
 

I want to have as much fun as possible. 
 

I would like to become in my eyes a decent angler.


I can help with number 1!  You can help with my number 3

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To take more than four veterans fishing along with four younguns under 10yrs old.  I know I likely won't have trouble attaining the second, but the first was a challenge for me as I do all my fishing now days during the week, or at night on the week-ends.  The majority of vets at my local American Legion and VFW still have jobs and for first time fishers, night fishing is a no no. 

The other goal I have is to get my bum shoulder fixed, or strengthened so that I can fish the way I love to fish, chluckin and windin.

I just checked my response from last year's inquiry. I didn't make it, so am I not allowed to change for the upcoming season? I don't do well with failure. :tearyeyed:

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@casts_by_fly we can probably get something by arranged! For warning. Just because I have a new boat doesn’t mean I know how to catch fish. It’s also the Dogs boat what he says goes. Lol

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4 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Stay above dirt level 

I probably told this the the "2023" version of this thread.   My new years resolution every year for the past several decades has been to "not die".  So far I'm doing good.  

 

Fishing wise, I'm just going to have fun.   If I get to take someone else fishing occasionally that's great too.   IF (big if) I stumble onto any fish catching knowledge I'll share it with everyone I know.  

 

 

 

Not fishing related.  I'm going to quit getting aggrivated with people.  Mostly while driving.  People tick me off pretty much every day either on my way to work or on my way home.  I'm just going to try to chill.  I'm not in a hurry I don't need to let some idiot cutting me off get inside my head.

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My time is running out. I need to scratch my itch & break 8 lbs on a smallmouth bass. It’s an itch I have lived with for a long time. My second goal is to break 12lbs or get that ever elusive teenager largemouth. I know they are both lofty goals but attainable. 

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I caught a number of bass very close to five pounds this season, so breaking that mark is top of the list for 2024.

 

Beyond that, leaving my confidence baits home and focusing on those I consider my weaknesses, are my goals.

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My biggest goal is to catch a citation sized smallmouth (20" or 5lb+) smallie on my home waters on my fly rod.  Get up to PA to fish more with my dad and add a few more citation sized largemouth caught on the fly rod.  Other than that....have fun with my family and kids and go from there.

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I'd like to catch one over 7 lbs, catch my first small mouth, and get my boys hooked on fishing. 

 

Those are attainable. Bigger goal is a double digit, not holding my breath but Pat has proved it's possible in this area so there's a chance!

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-Dedicate days to "jig only". 2024 is year of the jig

-Get out to Jordan and/or Falls lake

-Hunt down a DD (ever years goal)

 

I'd really like to get down to FL, GA or SC for some of their famous lakes but Mrs. Functional and I will have a 2nd kid arriving in March. That will make a 3 year old and <1yr old to deal with. 

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Health is the greatest gift.

It can help me keep doing what and be with who I love.

So I'll continue working most diligently on that. 

Be present & content on the water while remembering how lucky I am to be out there. 

Remain true & faithful to who I am. 

Read the post and see the pictures here of @Dwight Hottle 8lb smallmouth. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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17 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

@flyfisher, we could put you on 20” SMB no problem but they run about 3.5-4 lbs 😂 

Yeah that wouldn't be a Virginia citation then....luckily it is an either or not both.  I have come close on multiple occasions and gotten fish in the 19" class but haven't broken 20" on my fly rod here in VA.  

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We just moved, so

Buy a kayak.

Unpack and sort all of my fishing, hunting and personal stuff.

Catch a fish every month

Use my fly rod for Bass more.  Catch one over 5 lbs with it.

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