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I'm having a good time reading old threads, but I'm saddened to see how many posters from 10 or 15 years ago are gone. There are some constants, like @WRB, @Catt, @roadwarrior, @Bluebasser86, @A-Jay, and a few others, including @Glenn, of course, but I wonder why the rest left. I'm guessing it's a combination of aging out of fishing, getting too busy to fish due to a baby being born or work, etc., finding another pastime, loss of a boat, loss of fishing opportunities, cost, etc. And I wonder how many of us won't be here in five or ten years. I guess all we can do is to enjoy and support each other for as long as we're here. 

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Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn't promised, today is all we have.

 

Quite a few are no longer with us. 

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2 minutes ago, Catt said:

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn't promised, today is all we have.

 

Quite a few are no longer with us. 

 

And you were there, Catt. You knew them. They were your cyber-pals. So, you're right about embracing today. 

 

@greentrout: Your tagline is my favorite at BR: Releasing a great fish is the greatest thrill I get from fishing. Ted Williams

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Some people get really into fishing, post here a lot for a short amount of time and then it’s on to the next temporary hobby for them. Some folks who have been here a while don’t post as often as they used to but still log in routinely. Some folks have obviously passed away, but other people seem to just disappear from here for unknown reasons. I’ve been an active member for a decade now, and even though there may be monthlong spans when I don’t post anything due to life craziness, I’ve never gone more than a couple days or a week without logging in and doing some reading and seeing what is up with my fellow BRers. 

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^^

Ted Will

4 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

And you were there, Catt. You knew them. They were your cyber-pals. So, you're right about embracing today. 

 

@greentrout: Your tagline is my favorite at BR: Releasing a great fish is the greatest thrill I get from fishing. Ted Williams

Ted Williams said he'd rather fish than play baseball. He was truly a great fisherman who caught all kinds of species.

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I don't assume that all of those MIA are not fishing...I would wager that a good number are just not hanging around BR. 

For a variety of reasons, most active forum participants wander off...been the same in all of the dozen or so forums that I have frequented over the years.  Sometimes the forum changes, sometimes the user changes.... Sometimes the forum doesn't change...

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6 minutes ago, Choporoz said:

I don't assume that all of those MIA are not fishing

 

Good point. And I hope a lot of them are still fishing...and catching big brownies and greenies. 

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Since joining, this forum has changed a bit, I have changed a bunch and the membership

has been continually evolving.  Even the tone and texture of topics & posts has changed some over the past 15 years or so.  Have to expect it. 

However the one constant has been the spirit of friendly good-fellowship.

 #camaraderie 

I miss several establish members who have moved on to other deals.

@Fish Chris  @everythingthatswims just to name a couple.

This is the only 'forum' I am a member of.

It's the only place I choose to spend my time reading & contributing.

The reason is easy to understand.

The membership is the best and I enjoy that.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

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Still here, just don't seem to have much to say. I'm still using the same rods, reels, tackle, boat for years now, and still fishing the same bodies of water, so not much new to report. Never could type worth a darn either so that doesn't help. Sorry I don't contribute more.

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I’m not being crass when I say this  but how many “what’s the best reel for under $100” or “who makes the best Senko knockoff” or any one of a thousand topics @Glenn has cataloged in the archives, can you read before you get frustrated enough to step back? Not to say that new topics don’t come up and there’s always useful information but I like to use the site as a sounding board for things I don’t know or getting questions answered that are a little out of the norm.  There’s a lot of experience here but you have to take the mundane with the interesting.  

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@everythingthatswims was/is such a skilled angler and really does seem to enjoy targeting all species. I enjoyed my conversations with him and his post and still follow his YouTube videos. 

 

@Fish Chris was a terrific angler and photographer. I miss the pictures of his monster catches.

 

@SirSnookalot was another regular that I'm afraid stopped fishing due to medical reasons. I enjoyed his post alot.

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Priorities change and evolve 

Every possibility that’s stated above plus a few more. 
There isn’t one underlying factor other than sometimes Life gets in the way. 
 

I just enjoy the folks that remain 
 

 

 

Mike

 

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The cool thing about fishing for me is that with or without forums? I didn't choose it, it chose me.  I've loved doing it since my dad first put a rod in my hands.

 

I'm the type of person that only has a handful of close friends and a few passions because I fundamentally believe that life is short and we only have so much of ourselves to truly devote to the things that we believe in and love.  

 

If I find out that I'm terminally ill you better believe I'm going to spend a significant percentage of my time left on this planet where I can hold a rod, holding a rod and if I catch anything, I'll probably show it to you all!

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The day @everythingthatswims was in the BASS College finals was the greatest day on this forum since I've been a member.  For those who don't know,  it was streamed live and we were all watching and cheering for him. He missed qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic by less than a pound.  In that tournament he demonstrated that he was a great angler and a great person.  I watched the whole tournament. 

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Glenn May has made this site member friendly with a strong community feel and doesn’t allow personal grievances to become an issue between members. 

Some of the long time posters has passed, a few have started their uTube sites and others have just disappeared into the wood work.

I start my day with a cup of coffee and Bass Resource and feel very comfortable sharing decades of fishing experiences.

Where did they go, don’t know?

Tom

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I’ve been on here a long time.  I post less and less because I have all of the equipment that I will ever use and don’t keep up with the latest and greatest out there as well as all of the redundant posts that have been answered hundreds of times.

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10 minutes ago, Jig Man said:

I’ve been on here a long time.  I post less and less because I have all of the equipment that I will ever use and don’t keep up with the latest and greatest out there as well as all of the redundant posts that have been answered hundreds of times.

 

Yeah, I get that. 

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I’ve been here since 09, I did take a leave for a while, even quit fishing for a while. My dad died, which took a lot of the wind outta my sails with fishing. Changed line of work I was doing. Had to live out of motels for 3+ months at a time, sometimes getting 2weeks to none in between jobs. 

 My life is a lot more simpler now, and I’m back fishing again.

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I've only been a member here since 2019 but I have noticed a decline in posting from the "old timers". It's life man stuff happens haha, this is my first time here in 2024. Hopefully to those who are still with us but not active I hope are doing well. I haven't been active since the fall but the fishing itch is beginning to come alive again.... 

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People come and people go. Life happens to those that have other plans. Priorities change. There is still plenty of knowledge that still hangs around here. 

 

We're bass fishing folks. We're not saving the world. There are other avenues available to keep in touch with folks.

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