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What makes it fun?
Posted by Matt MagnoneFebruary 10, 2014, 7:36 PM
It's funny how every individual has a different motive when it comes to fishing. Some love the feeling of competition where catching 5 fish is key, others choose to hunt for larger caliber fish and hope for their 1 big bite a day and then others enjoy just getting away from the house and enjoying the atmosphere. The point is, do whatever it is that makes you happy. Too many people put an emphasis on "Molding". What I mean by that is, if a gentleman has a $60,000 bass boat, it's as if people label him as just a bass fisherman. When that same individual is seen fishing other species, the general angling public has a tendency to poke fun at the situation.

When it boils down to it; Who cares?
If he's sticking fish, no matter what species, RIGHT ON!!!

A lot of anglers it seems feel they have to represent a cause, or hold up to a persona they've created whether it be online, at the lake, or in the tackle shop. I for one have been guilty of this. I'm a big fish angler. I've re-wired myself to enter a lake with a "All I want is "one" big fish!" mentality. More often times than not I'm seen with a big bait stick in my hands. It's just my gig. When it comes down to the time where a finesse approach is needed, I feel embarrassed to pick that rod up or be seen with it in my hands. When it comes down to it; It's absolutely ridiculous.

I was recently shown a new technique on the water using a streamer fly approach to targeting Striped Bass. It's a leadcore based technique fishing the streamer like a fly fisherman would fish schooling fish. Well seeing as how the label on the individuals fishing this technique on our local lake is "lame", in my new found interest in the technique, I've been getting razzed by a bunch of my buddies giving me hell for stooping to this level.

"What are you doing fishing that fly?"
"I guess you must not be on fish if you're resorting to stripers"
"I give it 2 weeks"

Now I always have to snap back as usual with some witty comment but in the end, going fishing should not be a job, going fishing should not be something you're obligated to do and going fishing shouldn't be a burden on you to hold up to a stereotype. Going fishing is supposed to be fun.

If it's not fun anymore; Why even go?

The thing you have to remember is:

"Some love the feeling of competition where catching 5 fish is key, others choose to hunt for larger caliber fish and hope for their 1 big bite a day and then others enjoy just getting away from the house and enjoying the atmosphere."
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Daiiana  5/25/2014 12:32:25 AM
July 10, 2013 valley boyRe: hey guys i live in bsoinrvwlle texas, was wondering if you guys can tell me spots to catch gar going a little up north. i have been like four miles up los fresnos but have only caught a five footer, help me out with spots names and directions thank you
Todd McIntosh  2/25/2014 10:37:45 AM
Keep fishing for whatever swim Matt. I still fish for stocker trout in the Sierras with my meat fisherman buddies.
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