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New Respect for Pros!

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Ok, so I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for pro fishermen and I completely consider fishing to be a sport, but I've always rolled my eyes a little bit when I've heard people say how physically taxing it is for pros to throw big crankbaits and jerkbaits all day long. Well let me tell you what, I fished a tournament today and was hammering smallies on 1 oz. pointer 128s all day and I have seen the light. I'm almost never bothered by this type of fishing but for some reason it absolutely kicked my @$$ today. I feel like somebody ran me over with a mac truck and subsequently beat with a baseball bat for good measure! I'm in pretty good shape but if I had to wake up tomorrow and do the same thing for the next three days I would be in a world of pain. I officially have new found respect for the pros.

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And what happens when the temperatures are in the 90s?????  ;)

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Jerkbaits are the worst. My hands have been stiff and sore in the mornings for a month now. I'll be glad when the jerkbait bite is over with.

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Nice post! I work out every night to be in top notch fishing shape, girlfriend says I am crazy lol Small tip for jerkbaits though is use a shorter rod 6 ft if you are shorter and 6'6' if a little taller and jerk straight down instead of off to the side. Good jerkbaits are designed to be fished like this and leave a lot less stress on your hands, arms, back, etc. Jackall and Lucky Crafts work great when jerked straight down, most were designed by the same man Seiji Kato too

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 I remember a double page pic in a BassMaster issue (forget who it was) where the wind had to be gusting to 30mph and the swells were at least 4ft! :o

 "You're a better man than I, Gunga Din."

                                          Kipling

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I gotta add, burning a DT16 all day long in 90 plus temps. I still think the lack of rest and the mental stress wear me out the most though.

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I've only fished one all-day tournament, and it wore me down. I mainly used soft plastics, so I think the sun is what did it the most. It just zapped the energy from me.

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How about use big swimbait guys that toss swimbaits all day? Haha. Real fishing is tough work. But, most people don't understand that. Whether your throwing a big bait all day or working a heavy jerkbait, its tough on you.

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I start off most days at the ocean casting into a flat or up to 30 mph wind using heavier equipment than I use for freshwater. I hit my spots about 4 in the morning and fish for 4-5 hours, I'm always walking the beach or a sea wall.

Then I hit my freshwater spots for a few hours and do some more walking. It's hot and humid in Florida. Do I get tired? Not very often, I'm still a kid at 63.

I have a saltwater boat and use it maybe once a week, I don't like being cooped up on a 27 footer, I prefer walking.

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I'm 22 years old. I fished my first tourny last october. Temps started in the 30's that morning and hovered in the high 50's the rest of the day. Fished a buzzbait in the morning and a spinnerbait pretty much the rest of the day. Tourny was from safe light (6:30ish) til 1. A shorter tourny than most. After I got home that afternoon I passed out for 6 hours. I'M 22 YEARS OLD!!!  I shouldn't get worn out like that. I didn't use a seat tho. Yes I respect what those pro's do day in day out. On the upside tho we got 2nd out of 78 boats and banked a $426 check each for our $60/each entry. :)

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Jerkbaits are the worst. My hands have been stiff and sore in the mornings for a month now. I'll be glad when the jerkbait bite is over with.

Amen brother, my wrist feels like I have stage 3 carpal tunnel, if there is such a beast.

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Then you have to put in the drive or travel time to the next toury.  Also you have to eat right, in which I would think would be kind of hard to do.  Because I like to have a drink every now & again, and again.  A lot of people do not think to much about it, until they do it.

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I agree, I just fished 4 days straight from daylight til close to dark each day. I mainly threw a grub. By the mid morning of the third day my back was destroyed. It didn't help that the wind blew and it rained for most of the four days.

I can't imagine throwing a crankbait or jerkbait all day for 4-5 days in a row. Of course the money helps I supose.

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Hello Skillet, was it Aaron Martens on Lake Erie last year during the B.A.S.S. Elites? It was on ESPN and they had a clip showing his seasick Cameraman tossin' over the stern. :P

I remember a double page pic in a BassMaster issue (forget who it was) where the wind had to be gusting to 30mph and the swells were at least 4ft! :o

"You're a better man than I, Gunga Din."

                                          Kipling

skillet

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 Thanks, hookset on 3! It was Martens and I didn't catch the clip. Have never had to endure any kind of motion sickness but could sure understand how the camerman lost his cookies :P...

skillet

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