Anyone ever experience a "burn out"??? Anyone ever experience a "burn out"???
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    Anyone ever experience a "burn out"???
from buzzed bait  
4/16/2012 11:06:41 AM


 From fishing? Ever since I was old enough to drive, I had a boat and fished...ALOT. Chose a college that was close to a great lake. I have been on the water 3-4days a week since I can remember and was totally consumed in tournament fishing. About a year and half ago, I fished a major tournament to test my meddle against the local big names as well as several pros. After a 105 mile boat ride in 4 footers, the fish I was on had 2 feet of water pulled off of them and the place I was fishing was a mud flat. The following week, lower unit blew out ($1600 repair). Then a busted TM, followed by battery issues. A few weeks after, I watched as the gas pump exceeded $100 in the truck and then another $100 in the boat. As the $ sign climbed endlessly toward infinity, it hit me. Is this worth it? Fishing has never caused me to live beyond my means but at this instance, I thought enough is enough. I parked the boat, and sold the gas guzzling truck for a fuel effieciet sedan. Has anyone ever experienced this? I have tens of thousands of dollars worth of expensive rods, reels, baits etc just collecting dust. Fishing has really been my only hobby most of my life and I have recently been thinking of picking it back up again but am leery to rush out and purchase a new tow vehicle. Just wondering if anyone has ever gone through this and if you have ever rediscovered your passion for it?


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   I did a burn out once from Cuejockey  4/16/2012 11:49:02 AM
Out of the Copper Penny when I was 16. Dang cop was sitting right down the road and gave me a ticket. Cost $16 in 1964 money. 1950 Ford with flathead V8.

But in answer to your question: Yes.
But what I did was downsized, smaller tin boat V-hull, 50 hp, and a Chevy S10 to pull it. Then I built a houseboat on the lake so I can stay here for weeks at the time (as I am doing now) and leave the boat here mostly. Cut expenses drastically (built HB for about the cost of a 250 Merc). Quit that tournament nonsense and go fishing when I want to, and like Beartrap says, I can also chose not to go.
Made it a lot more enjoyable to me, but that is just me.


   Moderation from Spooled Again #9650  4/16/2012 11:51:38 AM
We all have particular desires...each one of us. The key is to recognize our passions and control them rather than them controling us. The establishment of variation in our lively passions is central to balancing all that is good in life.



   Nice SA! nm from Wackoman  4/16/2012 12:53:24 PM

   I kicked it for about 5 years from Skipper  4/16/2012 12:58:39 PM
After I wrecked my rig in a blastoff. However, I relapsed last year.

   not sure if it is aging process or burnout from Beartrap   4/16/2012 1:20:39 PM
probably a combination of the looking forward to going back to Falcon with a buddy in couple of weeks but have about quit fun fishing or fishing tournys around here anymore....for about 20 years,I fished a tourny someplace almost every weekend or was practicing for one..and in all kinds of weather.....

   You Over Did it from Papafins  4/16/2012 1:37:06 PM
Spooled Again and BT gave some good answers we all go through a downturn.
The mud flat deal, thats just tough luck and thats why you can't rely on one pattern.
High gas prices are a fact of life now days, and if you expect to fish a lot of tournaments be prepared to pay.
Lower unit you own a boat what did you expect stuff breaks on them.
You hit a streak of bad luck we all have had it happen.

My competitive fire still burns but I know my body won''t hold up to the three day tournaments anymore.
My next boat an aluminum with a 150, and maybe a buddy tournament or so, mostly me and my grandson.

Take a break you will see you miss fishing, just go have fun.

   I decided from Randy B  4/16/2012 9:03:52 PM
to skip tournament fishing this year. Having to prep tackle weekly and skip out on work early got tiresome. I'm going to concentrate on getting out on Lake St Claire and learn the ways of smallmouth instead.

I say "do something different".

   just cut back from MikeF  4/17/2012 9:09:04 AM
You need to cut back to the point that's it's fun. If it's not fun it's just work.

   don't take it for granted... from Skyhook #19830  4/17/2012 1:51:35 PM
Got a buddy who was one of the best tournament fisherman around. He finished second in the All American several years ago. He has developed Parkinson's and can't go like he used to. He can't work, can't drive anymore, and sits around thinking about fishing every day.

I try to take him as much as I can, and with his physical limitations, it is not easy. That being said he has still not lost the drive. I have to watch him as his mind keeps telling him things that his body won't let him do.

Guess its like the old saying "you don't truly miss something until you can't do it anymore" As others said-there is a level where you will enjoy it again. Just find that level and be thankful that you have the health to do it.



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