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Having trouble coming to terms with my fishing addiction. If I keep this up, Im going to spend my self out of house and home. Hopefully i can make a shelter out of rods and fishing line. Anyone one else have the same problem?

Question by maynardtl8. Uploaded on November 08, 2012

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have the same problem with firearms. I have it under control now, as I have come to understand that firearms purchases are not expenditures, but rather investments.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I used to have that problem. I realized that all that extra stuff in the boat, that I never use, hurts me more than it helps. I have cut down on my tackle box, sold several rods. I have not missed any of it.
Good start though. The first step is is admitting that you have a problem.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Get a grip man. Its fishing!

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

The two above gentlemen gave VERY good advice. All I would add is go for quality rather than quantity. Realize the classics and save up to buy them. Keep an area that is neat and purpose built. You're collection will grow in value and generational appreciation. As far as addiction goes; I believe you were using it as a literary tool. PS stuff is "valuable" when it's the first last or became old

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Had the same kind of "problem".
My cure came when I realized that wives don't accept sleeping in a lean to and children do better when fed regularly.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

i work at a hunting retail store with every discount under the sun and im having a real tough time not spending my paychecks there. I feel your pain going to have to find a happy medium sometime so i can get time off to fish more...

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from santa wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have a slight addiction to fishing tackle because I was in the industry for part of my life. I have a nice collection of rods and reels, both vintage and modern, but I only use about 16 of them to cover all my major fishing needs. I have molds to make soft plastic lures, but have found that one jar of natural pork rind worms will last several years because they are reuseable where as I would use hundreds of soft plastic worms during the same time. One basic inline spinner bait called the snagless sally with a natural pork frog trailer is all I actually need for a spinnerbait. It covers all the needs for spinners and creature baits such as frogs and lizzards. The old zara spook can be carved or turned on a wood lathe and serves most of my top water lure needs. Yet I have box after box of different lures that are just for show, and do not get used. I have a collection of both aluminum and plastic possom belly umco boxes full of such but I use an old cigar box as a tackle box on fishing trips. The old cigar boxes are biodegradable, do not take up much room, and do not get hot in the sun and cause damage to my lures. The cardboard of which the boxes are constructed is also soft plastic friendly when I do use them sometimes in salt water fishing for specks, redfish, and flounders. So I guess my widdow, children, and grandchildren will someday have the task of dividing up and/or disposing of my collection. But until then, I intend to help support the industry by buying things that I will never use or need, just to say I have one.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have an addiction to gear, I think we all do. Bill Heavey wrote a funny article on the evolution of man and gear. It would seem that even ancient man wanted the newest spear wrapped with custom dried and tied shark skin with an ivory handle. My little secret that I dont share very much is this......pawn shops! They have good gear sometimes for way cheap. Give it a try and maybe this will help. Remember Cabela's and Dicks may have it, but its gonna cost more than Walmart!

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I don't have that problem any more! I am older now and have discovered that year by year I get better at rationalizing my investments. I have by now also convinced my wife that every fish and every circumstance requires different equipment. She seems to be believing me; so I have that going for me too.

You will find that you really don't need much of a home to live in and Spam kind of grows on you. Right now you are probably struggling with these things thinking that you must have it all. You just need to settle down and re-assess your priorities. You can truely go without eating a few days if you get just the right reel. Have you ever fished with noodle rods? You ought to try them!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have a solution for the fishing addiction. Just when it is about to peak, Start the hunting addition, followed by the fly tying addition, to be resolved by more fishing. You donut need to solve the addition, just speed it around to more stuff.

Small print: May be habit forming, may cause loss of paycheck, spouse and sanity. Do to take with food. Beer is better.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have the same problem with firearms. I have it under control now, as I have come to understand that firearms purchases are not expenditures, but rather investments.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I used to have that problem. I realized that all that extra stuff in the boat, that I never use, hurts me more than it helps. I have cut down on my tackle box, sold several rods. I have not missed any of it.
Good start though. The first step is is admitting that you have a problem.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

The two above gentlemen gave VERY good advice. All I would add is go for quality rather than quantity. Realize the classics and save up to buy them. Keep an area that is neat and purpose built. You're collection will grow in value and generational appreciation. As far as addiction goes; I believe you were using it as a literary tool. PS stuff is "valuable" when it's the first last or became old

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Get a grip man. Its fishing!

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Had the same kind of "problem".
My cure came when I realized that wives don't accept sleeping in a lean to and children do better when fed regularly.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

i work at a hunting retail store with every discount under the sun and im having a real tough time not spending my paychecks there. I feel your pain going to have to find a happy medium sometime so i can get time off to fish more...

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have a solution for the fishing addiction. Just when it is about to peak, Start the hunting addition, followed by the fly tying addition, to be resolved by more fishing. You donut need to solve the addition, just speed it around to more stuff.

Small print: May be habit forming, may cause loss of paycheck, spouse and sanity. Do to take with food. Beer is better.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from santa wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have a slight addiction to fishing tackle because I was in the industry for part of my life. I have a nice collection of rods and reels, both vintage and modern, but I only use about 16 of them to cover all my major fishing needs. I have molds to make soft plastic lures, but have found that one jar of natural pork rind worms will last several years because they are reuseable where as I would use hundreds of soft plastic worms during the same time. One basic inline spinner bait called the snagless sally with a natural pork frog trailer is all I actually need for a spinnerbait. It covers all the needs for spinners and creature baits such as frogs and lizzards. The old zara spook can be carved or turned on a wood lathe and serves most of my top water lure needs. Yet I have box after box of different lures that are just for show, and do not get used. I have a collection of both aluminum and plastic possom belly umco boxes full of such but I use an old cigar box as a tackle box on fishing trips. The old cigar boxes are biodegradable, do not take up much room, and do not get hot in the sun and cause damage to my lures. The cardboard of which the boxes are constructed is also soft plastic friendly when I do use them sometimes in salt water fishing for specks, redfish, and flounders. So I guess my widdow, children, and grandchildren will someday have the task of dividing up and/or disposing of my collection. But until then, I intend to help support the industry by buying things that I will never use or need, just to say I have one.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have an addiction to gear, I think we all do. Bill Heavey wrote a funny article on the evolution of man and gear. It would seem that even ancient man wanted the newest spear wrapped with custom dried and tied shark skin with an ivory handle. My little secret that I dont share very much is this......pawn shops! They have good gear sometimes for way cheap. Give it a try and maybe this will help. Remember Cabela's and Dicks may have it, but its gonna cost more than Walmart!

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I don't have that problem any more! I am older now and have discovered that year by year I get better at rationalizing my investments. I have by now also convinced my wife that every fish and every circumstance requires different equipment. She seems to be believing me; so I have that going for me too.

You will find that you really don't need much of a home to live in and Spam kind of grows on you. Right now you are probably struggling with these things thinking that you must have it all. You just need to settle down and re-assess your priorities. You can truely go without eating a few days if you get just the right reel. Have you ever fished with noodle rods? You ought to try them!

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