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Old 08-30-2011, 06:54 PM
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I love to boat and fish, but it seems like every time I spend several hours getting all my crap together. Washed the boat tonight b/c of the hurricane, got out the coolers, bait tank, rods/reels, tackle, yada yada and spent almost 2 hours just doing the basic prep. I've got a routine, but after working all day it's hard to muster the energy. Sure would be nice to just hook up and roll for a change. What are your experiences/thoughts?
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I think the only way it can get better is to hire a captain. Step on, step off.
The more you do yourself (and on the boat), the less time for boating/fishing....
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I assume you are trailering and have a center console? Get a walk around and a slip so you can just jump on and roll.
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i keep mine in a boatel. Its so much easier, grab the rods, stop n get bait and hop on my boat thats already in the water. When I'm done for the day, clean the boat (sometimes a quick job) spray off the reels there and drive home. WHen i get home all I have to do is put the reels inside. The boats stays just the way i left it in the boatel and I actually get to fish more because it's so much easier.
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Originally Posted by dahlbebop View Post
I assume you are trailering and have a center console? Get a walk around and a slip so you can just jump on and roll.
How is a walk around easier?
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Storage, don't have to carry gear to the boat.Now I have to google boatel
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How is a walk around easier?
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Originally Posted by dahlbebop View Post
Storage, don't have to carry gear to the boat.Now I have to google boatel
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also when i lived in new york, my winter was spent taking apart reels, cleaning, rigging, yada yada, i just do the sme thing on stormy days, you just got to make the time, im only 23 so loaading my CC and everything is quick, i have mine on a trailer, it sucks somtimes with the cleaning and keeping up on thetrailer, but i have multiple slips in the tampa bay area and i just put her in where im going to be for the day. also i have a cap on my truck with rod racks and its lockable, its risky due to theft but i havent had a problem yet, all i do is buy bait, sometime i get it on the water with a cast net and go
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pull the fish and coolers and then drink beers.

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i'm the type who likes to take everything off after a trip and put it all back on before the next. i've never had a problem with theft, but i take precautions to keep it that way. we live right off a major highway and it would be easy to make a quick grab. can't be too careful these days. I'm 23 also and while I don't mind the work, sometimes it just plain sucks!
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You're 23 and complaining about the work it takes to go fishing?

Give me a break!

Check back in 20 years when you're balancing the demands of a career, a wife, teenage children and having to take care of a house, yard, cars and boat.

Please... Too hard to go fishing...
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
You're 23 and complaining about the work it takes to go fishing?

Give me a break!

Check back in 20 years when you're balancing the demands of a career, a wife, teenage children and having to take care of a house, yard, cars and boat.

Please... Too hard to go fishing...
haha knew i should have left that part out

naw but seriously it can be a lot of work at times
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cfarmd, first retire, you'll have more energry. If that's not an option, spray. Spray with water, then a lubricant. I use Inox, it works for me, but there is corrosionX, ect. Only move what is valuable, rods and electronics to a safe spot, but only if you have to. Keep it simple and relaxing.
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Sorry, didn't see that you're 23 years old. I thought I was talking to an old man like me!
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
You're 23 and complaining about the work it takes to go fishing?

Give me a break!

Check back in 20 years when you're balancing the demands of a career, a wife, teenage children and having to take care of a house, yard, cars and boat.

Please... Too hard to go fishing...

That's all you balance? I'll give you the kids but I'll beat you dead with the rest.

I'm tired just trying to go on vacation.
I swear the first person who calls me when I'm gone is going to get an earful unless his name or company appears on the top left corner of my pay check.

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naw but seriously it can be a lot of work at times
Yep! It can become so much money and work at times that it'll give you thoughts of selling the boat............then that reel starts screaming and it all fades away.
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
I love to boat and fish, but it seems like every time I spend several hours getting all my crap together. Washed the boat tonight b/c of the hurricane, got out the coolers, bait tank, rods/reels, tackle, yada yada and spent almost 2 hours just doing the basic prep. I've got a routine, but after working all day it's hard to muster the energy. Sure would be nice to just hook up and roll for a change. What are your experiences/thoughts?
Too funny, sell the boat and get a set of clubs...
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
I love to boat and fish, but it seems like every time I spend several hours getting all my crap together. Washed the boat tonight b/c of the hurricane, got out the coolers, bait tank, rods/reels, tackle, yada yada and spent almost 2 hours just doing the basic prep. I've got a routine, but after working all day it's hard to muster the energy. Sure would be nice to just hook up and roll for a change. What are your experiences/thoughts?
Feel lucky you have a boat to load, enjoy and use at your age.
One car wreck, something crazy with medical problems , House catch on fire, and you have to start all over, have a child with physical problems, all the above will become your free time and , your going to long for the days you were troubled loading that boat.
Responsibility comes with everything. Accept it early, you'll learn to enjoy it and life with a totally different outlook will make it a heck of a lot easier on you.
Enjoy the things you have, every day. Never ever take them for granted cause they can be taken away from you in a blink of a eye....................
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Yep! It can become so much money and work at times that it'll give you thoughts of selling the boat............then that reel starts screaming and it all fades away.



Screaming drags cures a lot
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i'm 60 been fishing for 55 of that, it takes me longer to clean up than fishing but i'm really anal about cleaning the boat and gear.
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That's all you balance? I'll give you the kids but I'll beat you dead with the rest.

It was late Rob, I cut the list short. I didn't want to type a lot, I was trying to go to bed.

My plate is always full but I prefer it that way. My boys started high school today so I am no longer coaching youth soccer but I did just agree to take over as Scoutmaster for our Boy Scout troop here in town.
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