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Zugbug  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 5:12:11 PM(UTC)
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If this question has already been posted, my apologies. Personally, I like to set the bar rather low, in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy. I had three 2017 goals:

1) Don't Fall In

Unfortunately, I did fall in, so I'm already 0 for 1.

2). Fish At Least 40 Days

This should have been very easy, since I'm retired. Unhappily, I did a whoopty-do on a rock in July, hurt my back, and missed a couple of months. I still fished more than 40 days, but not by a wide margin.

3) Catch New Species On A Fly Rod

I knocked it out of the park on this one. Two new species; a few Crappies, and (drum roll please), one Pumpkinseed!
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:09:20 PM(UTC)
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I stopped making goals, too disappointing when they don't happen.

However I have been giving some thought about other species with the fly rod this year. I would love to tackle Bass or maybe Pike with the long stick.


-Bill
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stan b  
#3 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:34:34 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zugbug Go to Quoted Post
If this question has already been posted, my apologies. Personally, I like to set the bar rather low, in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy. I had three 2017 goals:

1) Don't Fall In

Unfortunately, I did fall in, so I'm already 0 for 1.

2). Fish At Least 40 Days

This should have been very easy, since I'm retired. Unhappily, I did a whoopty-do on a rock in July, hurt my back, and missed a couple of months. I still fished more than 40 days, but not by a wide margin.

3) Catch New Species On A Fly Rod

I knocked it out of the park on this one. Two new species; a few Crappies, and (drum roll please), one Pumpkinseed!


Mr Zug,
My goals have changed dramatically the last couple of years and are meager compared to what once was.

1) Wake up with no dirt over my head
2) Get out of bed and don't fall down
3) Get out side and participate in some activity, hunt fish or run retrievers.
4) Don't fall down


Any fish or game taken is a delight above and beyond.
2017 was a very good year, 2018 is off to a marvelous start.

Edited by user Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:35:24 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
ccb1  
#4 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:48:04 PM(UTC)
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man I understand this fallen sh---- is tough
where did our sense of balance go
fishing should either kill us or help to over come it
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stan b on 1/21/2018(UTC)
Gurth  
#5 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 12:55:30 AM(UTC)
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I think I hit all of my goals except 0% mortality and she's still in the freezer.

I plan on eating her as penance.

Blink

-shudder-


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madguy30  
#6 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 2:55:23 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
I stopped making goals, too disappointing when they don't happen.

However I have been giving some thought about other species with the fly rod this year. I would love to tackle Bass or maybe Pike with the long stick.


-Bill



I don't care to specifically target them (too much work) but I'd like to fish in more musky-friendly rivers this summer.

Smallmouth are killer on the fly rod.
shebs  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 3:14:48 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
I think I hit all of my goals except 0% mortality and she's still in the freezer.

I plan on eating her as penance.

Blink

-shudder-




Shudder? C'mon now, trout are delicious!

I accomplished one of my goals last year - still got 4 cohos left in the freezer Flapper
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
weiliwen  
#8 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 3:41:22 AM(UTC)
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I'm with Bill, I don't make promises to myself I can't keep. I'd love dearly to fish (in the Driftless) 40 days this year, but I'll be lucky to get 10, and deliriously happy to get 20. Last year, I did start to figure out what the fish like around here, and so my catch ratio improved, and I guess that was a goal.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
rschmidt  
#9 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 4:15:49 AM(UTC)
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Considering I nearly died in 2016 from a motorcycle wreck and that I had one regular season outing in 2016 after mid June, 2017 was an unmitigated success! Found some great new water and built my strength back up. I had less contact with 20" plus browns. Caught rainbows in the driftless, Targeted brook trout, Fished the MN north shore, Hit salmon and lake run fish from Lake Superior, took fans fishing :), had a 100+ outings! 2017 an epic good year. R
NBrevitz  
#10 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 7:49:43 AM(UTC)
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I managed to hit most of my goals. Landed four Driftless Brookies between 16-18, finally getting over the hump, and lucked into a 20” Brown despite only spending 5-6 outings targeting them. I lucked into two Tigers this year, only a dozen less than Ron😂 I also landed my PB Coaster Brook Trout at somewhere in the 19-20” bracket, PB King at 26 lbs from Lake Michigan, and PB Coho at 31”. Fishing everything from Terrace Bay down to Racine, I went a little crazy on the migratory Salmonids.
As for next year, I’ve already started something new with the migratory fisheries. I’ve begun taking photos of prime holding pools during clear water conditions. This should enable me to work spawn sacks with much more efficiency during murky conditions this spring.
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
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