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Ok, I thought I was a pretty hardcore fisherman till I started reading some of the members posts. I would guess compared to some members I am a rather casual fisherman.

Last year i figured I fished between 80 and 90 days.


How many days did you fish? Are you the most hardcore?


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Last year i figured I fished between 80 and 90 days.
I'd say thats pretty hardcore for a workin man. I fished anywhere from 3to5 days aweek last year.

I'd say your hardcore man!!!!! I don't know what considers someone hard core but I think about it almost evey second of the day and I spend ALOT of money on it and do it alot.


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Fished 20 times in colorado and fished 15 days along the west coast of florida.
Guess that makes me a frequent fisherman.
 

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i fish between 200-250 days a year i try to get out at least a couple hours a night in the spring through the fall during ice i try at least 3 times a week day light savings screws me
 

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Only got in 71 days last year,I checked my journals :
2003-88
2002-106
2001-115
2000-87
1999-94
1998-92.
This includes trips to canada,mexico,montana,nebrasks,s-dakota,wyo,arizona,idaho,hawaii,maybe more-
 

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I'd say thats pretty hardcore for a workin man.
I have the advantage of an unusual work schedule. I work 24 hour shifts. So I go: Day on, day off, day on, day off, day on, 4 days off. I work 10 -11 shifts a month. I would like to be fishing more of my days off than I do, but I still need to keep every one at home happy too.

I am not in Big Brown's league at all!

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Not hardcore...just a fishaholic and still a rookie. More active in the summer but still manage to fish all year round for various species.

I average about 100 to 150 days a year. Before work, after work, get in a few casts at lunch and almost always have the gear on hand.

Someone told me I needed a 12-step program to cure my affliction. I said, "12 steps? It takes me a lot more steps than that to reach the water. You must have a pond in your back yard."

:D Matt
 

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During Early spring, well into late Summer and near the beginning of fall, I fish about 2 to 3 times a week. With the limited amount of time I have due to the old 9-5 and school, I sometimes try to squeeze in a straight 2 to 3 day trip way out and away from civilization.

During fall, I don't fish too much and don't mind leaving the waters and fish for the "HARDCORE" fishermen. During those times, I am busy chasing waterfowl and venison. I respect the "HARDCORE" fishermen for their ethics and being so faithful to the fisherman's way of life. I also especially like the fact that they post up pictures of "what I am missing out on" while pursuing ducks.

Either way, once it's time for fishing and only fishing for me..... I take it very seriously.

Happy Fishing fellas!
 

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I've been out of it for a while, but If I can have it my way, at least 100 times plus a year.

For me it's a cumpulsive disorder.  I love fishing... I may even need therapy... hmmm.

Bigbrown, see you on the ice this Saturday.

Jay, batteries are on charge for Sunday morning; Chatfield

Pete

My goal is to meet as many of you as possible!

YYYYYYYYYYeeeeeehhhhhaaa!  Let's rip some Lips!!!!!!
 

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1eyeRED, have you ever heard of "casting and blasting"?

I do that in fall during dove season.  Find a nice prairie pond, line in the water waiting for fish, shotgun at my side for doves coming in to get a drink.

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1eyeRED, have you ever heard of "casting and blasting"?
Yep!! I wanted to do that while waterfowl hunting, but never got to it. There are just too many options (which is a good thing)!!!

I wanted to hit N. Sterling Reservoir and try to catch a few wipers while I hunt for ducks at the same time. Been saying that for over 2 years now, but man when the season is on, it's like I just keep getting tied up to my favorite puddler ponds.

Anyhow, thanks for the input, Dan. I forgot about casting and blasting for doves until you brought it up. I remember seeing people do it at Banner Lakes.
 

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I don't consider mysef "hard core". My husband does tell me that i do have a "fishing monkey" on my back though. I would say that i went fishing at least 4 days out of the week last summer, for 4 to 6 hours at a time. We did go on a couple of 24-hr fishing trips, that were supposed to only be for a day, but ended up non-stop fishing through the night till the next morning. I hate to leave once i get there.
 

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9 days in Canada fishing for Walleye, 7 days in Iowa fishing for Crappie, about 3 times a week from April 1st to Novemebr 1 at Chatfield and 5 times ice fishing last year. I don't think this is too much. I fact just the other day my wife was begging me to go again. You Know how women are, They can't stand it when you are home, yet don't like it when you are away.
 

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I've been fishing 3 times in January, all 3 times fly fishing on the Ark. Havent been out since, not enough days in the week to do everything I need to do. Drat that life stuff. I spend alot of time on the internet at work, looking at fishing stuff and day dreaming about fishing and watching fishing shows. (GAWD I LOVE MY JOB) Someday I'll be hardcore.
 

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I dont know if I am hardcore or I just dont like sitting home...my dad would go places but never stop...I like to go places and see things...yes I will fish Chatfield and Aurora after work or before work...but I really live to get to a variety...I bought my F150 last May...I have been to Minnesota once and Las Vegas other than I have put all the miles on in Colorado...25,000 miles since May 19th 2004...I drive about 800 miles a month to and from work...I have touched every corner of the state fishing in that time...I love to see what is around the next corner...with my fishing pole along...and I havent fished Wyoming in a long time...there are some big time Glendo devotees here and I would love to hear from them about spots/tactics/and fish caught...I stopped by there on the way back from Minnesota two years ago and saw a 12 year old kid with the most incredible stringer of channel cats I have ever seen...it was in September...I think it was Thoreau or Walton who said something to the order...I dont know if I love to fish or just love to visit the places fish live...all in all it makes for the greatest combination going...
 

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Thanks fellas, and Ms. Koni for sharing your experience. If this were a contest by the numbers I'd be dead last cause I'm lucky to get water time once every coupla months here. And I live on an island, go figure. But, maybe I've got some hardcore symptoms:

1. When watching movies & TV, bodies of water seriously get your attention with their possibilities.
2. You have to remind yourself sometimes that time spent with family is more important
3. Your ideal vacation would not necessarily include your family.
4. You've got way more tackle than you could ever use, but keep buying more anyway.
5. You cringe at the thought of someone else handling your favorite rods & reels.
6. The thrill of fishing a new spot feels like getting to know a new squeeze(when you were single).
7. You enjoy listening to total strangers talk about fishing.

There's probably more...
 

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I agree that quality is as important as quantity-most of my days are from dawn to dark.I leave the house at 3am and get home at 9 or 10 pm,later in summer.I fish in blizzards and driven through many a blizzard to get there.I try something different on every trip to gain knowledge.Its all good!
 

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Ken,

Thanks for your comments on quality v. quantity. I was a fool to not think of that in my original post. Quality is definitely an important factor. But just because someone does not have the ability to travel longer distances or fish a wider variety of locations does not necessarily diminish the quality of their fishing.

Like all things fishing quality is relative.

To me my annual fishing trip to NE South Dakota is definitely quality not just because of the quantity and variety of fish caught, hell if I did not catch a single fish the quality is great. Why because it is a reunion with my parents and siblings, in-laws and neices and nephews.

Also, my time at Chatfield on Presidents day was very quality also. My step-son and I caught only 1 fish between the 2 of us. But it was a great day! we kicked back, relaxed, had a father/son outing, tried different presentations just did guy things!

I rarely fish by myself, 95% of the time its with my family, spending time together, friendly competitions. having fun.

On the rare occasion i go by myself its still quality time. Even if its just a couple of hours at Chatfield. Alone with my thoughts relaxing, taking it easy and hopefully catching fish, but if not thats ok too! ( I prefer to catch fish , but sometimes it just don't happen!)

My family and I consider any day we get to go fishing a good day whether or not we catch fish.

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   Although I've been slacking a little lately (weather & I've had a sore throat I can't shake), I usually fish my local lake (Estes), at least twice a week after work. I try to fish somewhere else on one of my days off. I've gotten my wife, my dad, and a few friends & co-workers into fishing. I get a few fishing magazines (favorite-Colorado Fishing & Hunting), watch it on TV, and check out this site (great by the way). I got up early the day of my wedding w/ some close friends and hit the lake. It was the day of Lake Estes's Trout Derby. I caught 2 browns, either one could have taken 2nd place for the day if I would have registered (I had limited time, places to be & all  :)).  So, I would consider myself pretty hardcore, except that other than a 2 perch, and a suckerfish, all I've caught is trout. I started fishing the season before last, and most of the places I've fished have been cold weather mountain lakes. Although I love fishing for trout, I really want to go for other species this season (so I appreciate all the tips on this site). Well I've gone on too long w/ this, but 2 more things... 1}- I did catch a 24 inch Rainbow @ Aurora Resevoir in November & sent in pic to the D.O.W. & got a CO Master Angler certificite (That's kind of hardcore), & 2} Please keep filling this topic so my wife will stop thinking I'm obbsessed  ;)
 
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