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I haven’t been here long. I do know how hobby’s change I raced motocross for 10 years. Slowly got burnt out but, a back injury was what ultimately got me out of it. I just walked right away from it. I was getting back into fishing at that time too. 
 

I musky fished for awhile once I got back into fishing. Probably about 6 years. Die hard all I did 40 hours or more a week. Pretty much accomplished everything around here musky wise. In a terrible area for them.  Got burnt out. 
 

Now here I am bass fishing. I hope/ want to be doing this a long time. Even though my 2 cents is minor compared to the knowledge here by some. The biggest difference is this is fun for me. Everything else was a grind or chasing adrenaline. Now I get excited for the simple fact I’m going fishing. 
 

I read how some posted on here how the same questions get asked just by different people. Honestly, that’s what a forum is. If we didn’t get these questions as redundant as some may be this community wouldn’t be here. As people come and go new views and input get put into answering these same old questions. 
 

To also put things into perspective if you are 40 years old and did something for 10 years that’s a 1/4 of your life and roughly half your adult life at that point.

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I’ve been here since ‘07. My post count doesn’t reflect that amount of time though. I’m more active here in the spring and summer. I’m hunting all fall and winter and usually don’t fish at all from October till about March.

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I have been fishing South florida for 50 years now and when I first started we had a group of guys that would meet on weekends and fish the same area and just have fun.  About half that group had boats and the others would be back seaters.  This lasted for about 20 years and then some just stopped fishing do to family obligations, illness, money problems, and even passing away.  It was a wonderful experience, and we all learned from each other during the process.  

 

Now 50 years later few still fish.  When I take the boat out I often have trouble getting someone to go, and its not as much fun fishing alone, and not sharing the experience.    Also it is harder doing the boat alone, something I never thought about until a hit my 70's.  Many of the younger guys don't want to share their spots and techniques.  Even though they don't tournament fish.  I don't think they realize for everyone they catch there are hundreds more they have passed bye without any effect.  I will continue to take others and share trips as long as I can, but the only constant in life, is constant change.  It just isn't the same.  Sad but true.

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Great thread. I wonder if some folks will remember @Raul . I think he might still pop in but rarely post. 
 

Update - I just looked at my profile and OMGoodness — I’ve been here since April 2005!!!!! 😱

 

So am I an old timer now? 😂
 

 

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Forums are great especially fishing ones, but in the real scheme of life meeting and talking to people in the flesh is better than any forum.  I applaud all who have taken the time to meet each other from this forum in person!   I love to fish, I do not love to type and winter is when I'm on the computer more than any other time.  I'm not going fishing in frigid temps, I'm waiting for warm weather!  This forum to me has become a GREAT place to chat online, but it doesn't and won't ever beat fishing in the great outdoors! 

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IB Raul used to drive me nuts with all of the big fish that he took for granted while those of us North struggled for smaller fish.  I was so jealous. 

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8 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

Even though my 2 cents is minor compared to the knowledge here by some.

 

Don't sell yourself short. I really enjoy your posts.

 

8 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

Everything else was a grind or chasing adrenaline. Now I get excited for the simple fact I’m going fishing. 

 

And ^here's^ Exhibit A of why I enjoy your posts.

 

8 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

I read how some posted on here how the same questions get asked just by different people.

 

Both true and not true. In going back years and decades to read old threads, I encounter both parallel threads and ones I haven't seen in my time here. Anyway, I don't just come for the information. I like seeing what other anglers catch and especially in the winter when I'm catching nothing. 

1 minute ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Don't sell yourself short. I really enjoy your posts.

 

 

And ^here's^ Exhibit A of why I enjoy your posts.

 

 

Both true and not true. In going back years and decades to read old threads, I encounter both parallel threads and ones I haven't seen in my time here. Anyway, I don't just come for the information. I like seeing what other anglers catch and especially in the winter when I'm catching nothing. 

 

Speaking of great posts, @geo g sure summarized the way a fishing life works.

 

@islandbass, you are an old timer!

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6 hours ago, geo g said:

I have been fish South florida for 50 years now and when I first started we had a group of guys that would meet on weekends and fish the same area and just have fun.  About half that group had boats and the others would be back seaters.  This lasted for about 20 years and then some just stopped fishing do to family obligations, illness, money problems, and even passing away.  It was a wonderful experience, and we all learned from each other during the process.  

 

I haven't been on this forum for that long, but I consider myself an old timer.  Like George, I grew up in South Florida. Started fishing with my grandfather sitting on the side of the Highway 27 canals.  My father didn't fish, but he found a Navy Chief from church that I could fish with.  We fished the old Everglades bombing range at night and all the canals we could find.   Charlie Infinger of Charlie's worms was a friend.  He caught dozens of 10 pound bass from the 84 canal.  He gave me one of the first worms he made to try out.  Today, his old fishing hole is an expressway.   My first bass club was the South Florida Tackle Testers in Ft. Lauderdale. My first B.A.S.S. Federation Tournament was in Welaka in the early 70s.  I was in my early 20s and met guys like Roland Martin, Bill Dance, Tom Mann and the Adams Brothers.  Fishing has been my passion for over 65 years. I still own a bass boat and fish when I can.   It gets harder each year, but I'm still at it.

 

I think it's worthwhile for younger people to know something of the history of bass fishing.  It wasn't always 250 HP motors, $100K boats and $600 reels.  Bass fishing was a poor man's sport. Something you could do without a lot of money.   It was passed down from fathers to sons and daughters. I do my best to let people know this.  I grew up this way and I believe I am better off because of it.

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19 minutes ago, Captain Phil said:

I still own a bass boat and fish when I can.   It gets harder each year, but I'm still at it.

 

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20 minutes ago, Captain Phil said:

I think it's worthwhile for younger people to know something of the history of bass fishing.  It wasn't always 250 HP motors, $100K boats and $600 reels.  Bass fishing was a poor man's sport. Something you could do without a lot of money.   It was passed down from fathers to sons and daughters. I do my best to let people know this.  I grew up this way and I believe I am better off because of it.

 

Great reminder. I'm not far from my fishing roots. I was born in a trailer and raised three to a bed. My brothers and I used kite string to tie our Zebcos to our old bikes and went looking for water, incrementally finding a few beloved ponds to fish, but we were also happy catching tiny fish from tiny creeks. Now I strap my canoe to my car and take six rods and reels (Yeah, I'm relatively rich.), but I still look for water and have found a few favorite ponds to fish. 

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Song by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lyrics by Ronnie Van Zant / Gary Robert Rossington

 

Mama told me when I was young
"Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it'll help you
Some sunny day"
Oh, yeah
Oh, take your time, don't live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You'll find a woman, yeah, and you'll find love
And don't forget son there is someone up above
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Forget your lust for the rich man's gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Oh, yes, I will
Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

 

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@Captain Phil, I still get such a kick out of the smallest things. I'm happiest in my garden (soil) and on a pond (water).

 

dirt + water = simple bliss (and mud!)

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The old timers have been replaced by desktop anglers. Lotta them out there, these days. I meet a lot of guys who are so much into fishing but they don't actually go out to fish. They're all very opinionated, though, have a LOT to say. Feeding off influencers, they rarely seek to develop and cultivate their own unique style. Get busy fishing or get busy dreaming! 

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6 minutes ago, Zcoker said:

The old timers have been replaced by desktop anglers.

 

Yep, right now I am a desktop angler. Let's go fishing, Z! 

 

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I actually do have my own style for seven months. It's called Rise and Shine and Sneaky Snake. 

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21 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

Yep, right now I am a desktop angler. Let's go fishing, Z! 

 

China Snow GIF

 

I actually do have my own style for seven months. It's called Rise and Shine and Sneaky Snake. 

 

Well, yeah, duh You at least fish! Hurricanes and big waves usually stop me....sometimes

 

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Fishing still occupies a great deal of my free time, but I think the last few years I have made a post maybe every three to six months, more or less.  There are a number of reasons for that.  

  1. January 1, 2018, my Father passed.  On October 20, 2021, my Mother passed.  Then on September 27, 2022, my wife lost her son, Justin, at 41 years of age.  Cyndee, my wife, has had a lifelong struggle with depression and for the most part, medication kept it in check.  Until now.  It has been a real struggle for her, and by extension, me as well.  On her bad days there is nothing I can do but hold her.  Justin had been my stepson for 29 years so this was a shock to me also.  Our participation in all social media has practically ended.  I think most parents would rather die themselves than lose a child.
  2. My wife retired in 2014 and I retired in the summer of 2018.  I have become more interested in hiking and climbing mountains.  My wife and I take about 6 vacations a year between early spring and late fall.  Between taking care of things at home, spending time with family, planning the logistics for travel, and traveling itself I don't find much time to spend on social media as is.
  3. Forums topics are repetitive and almost every time I begin to provide a response, I realize that the topic will receive responses from any number of members saying similar things to what I have to say.  
  4. And finally, we moved to a new home and place last summer.  We spent a lot of time looking for places between March and July of 2023 and finally settled on a 5 acre spread north of Excelsior Springs, MO.  We had planned on moving to one of the lakes in southern Missouri, but after the death of our son, we both decided it would be best to stay near our Grandchildren in Kansas City, especially for our Grandson who lost his Father.   

To more recent arrivals to this forum, this is probably the best time to be a member of Bass Resource.  @Glenn has done an amazing job of creating and molding it to be a place free of drama, for the most part.  Back in the 2000s there were a lot more arguments, and Glenn responded with appropriate rules to make this place what it is today.  I may not participate much but I do appreciate what is here.
 

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Huh! I didn't realize that I've been a member since 2009.  As you see I don't post very often.  Primarily because I don't have much knowledge or ability to share with others.  I'm a low ability bank beater who seeks relaxation in the outdoors and the tranquilty of nature.  My brothers and nephews are awesome fishermen.  One nephew remarked once that I never have a bad fishing trip because it doesn't matter to me whether or not I a catch a bunch.  He's right, being out ther is its own reward for me.

 

(Though I do slightly envy and have huge respect for those who can bring them in😁)

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Thank you!  My wife had another bad day yesterday but my 8 year old Granddaughter spent the night with us last night.  That helps.  She is a bundle of love.  We will be attending our 13 year old Grandson's basketball game today and that helps too.  He is the one whose Father passed.  We have two other Grandchildren who are both adults now.  I know I should drag myself back in here and try to participate but most of these days I'm just not feeling it.  But then, sometimes you have to take the action before the feeling comes.  

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On 1/19/2024 at 8:44 AM, Captain Phil said:

Song by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lyrics by Ronnie Van Zant / Gary Robert Rossington

 

Mama told me when I was young
"Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it'll help you
Some sunny day"
Oh, yeah
Oh, take your time, don't live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You'll find a woman, yeah, and you'll find love
And don't forget son there is someone up above
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Forget your lust for the rich man's gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Oh, yes, I will
Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied
And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man
Oh, won't you do this for me son, if you can?
Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby, be a simple kind of man

 

Probably my favorite Skynyrd song….

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Senile1 we feel your pain and loss. We lost our only son 22 Jan 2020, no grandchildren to ease the emptiness, no living siblings or parents. No one should out live the children.

The BR family is here to support each other please take a few moments every once in awhile to reply to whatever it is, it has helped me.

Tom

 

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Old timers... I might wear that badge.

 

When I feel like there's something worth saying; I do. A lot of times many more knowledgeable than I have it covered. I read more than I talk, it's  a great way to learn. 

 

As others have said, sometimes life gets in the way. 

 

There are outstanding folks here. No drama. Great information. Did I mention great people?

 

@Glenn if you ever need to charge for this content, I'll be the first to send a donation. Monthly too.

 

@ol'crickety we're here ma'am. Sometimes vocal, sometimes silent. :)

 

 

 

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