We all spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on fishing. The cost of all our fishing gear alone is significant. Factor in our boat, truck, gas, and our expenses continue to rise. Include tournament entries if you fish any, and hotel rooms for events out of town, and we can start to talk about significant expenses.
Fishing, often, is an individual activity. I know there are team tournaments, co-anglers, and a buddy that you can fish with, but fishing can pull us away from our families and other parts of our life. A trip out to the lake for a day or a one day tournament pulls us away for a significant part of the day. Out of town trips or multiple day events make the time away even larger.
My point in saying all this is not to make us feel guilty for spending money or being away from other things in our lives. My point is that I think at times we may need to reflect upon what consumes our time, and also our money.
The answer to ‘Why do you fish?’ is going to be different for everyone. I don’t think we all should have the same answer and I don’t think there is a “right” answer.
I fish as much as I can, and I wish I could fish more. I wish I was out fishing all the local team tournaments in addition to the pro/ams that I’m planning to do. Don’t get me wrong, there are times I just want to be out on the water enjoying the day or out on the water with my family, but recently I have found that I have more of a purpose behind my trip to the lake.
I think there can be value to knowing why you fish. For me, I do better when I go out to the lake and have a purpose. My focus is better, and usually the results are better as well. I’m in the process of identifying goals for my own fishing. I would love to fish for a living at some point. I don’t know what that will look like, but that’s the end goal.
The reason I fish is because I love it. I love everything about it. I love running across the lake on plane with the outboard trimmed up. I love trying to find a way to get a fish to eat a fake piece of plastic. I love trying to find the pattern that will lead to tournament success.
I enjoy the grind on tough days, and the learning process involved in struggling at tournaments. I’ve recently fished my first couple Wild West Bass Trail Pro/Am events as a pro angler. I’ve struggled. I knew going into it that it would be tough. I’ve learned a ton from the events and can’t wait for the next one. My hope is that over time all the knowledge will pay dividends which will equal tournament success. I fish because at some point, I’d like to fish for a living.
So, why do you fish?