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Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:35 am
by Rodster14
Where exactly is the line?

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:35 am
by cortman
Isn't addiction when you can kind of realize you should stop and/or you want to stop but can't?
I never want to stop. :)

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:12 am
by robsone79
the fishing part isn't the problem I think, at least for me. on the other hand I might have an issue with the tackle hording. :D

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:30 pm
by Slazmo
Addiction is living the whole dream - buying all the latest and greatest and living life on "all the twitters" even if you're a mediocre fisherman / woman. Having to have your fishing life in constant motion and somewhat peer reviewed and justified.

Passion is having what you need to fulfil your required piscotorial needs, doesnt need to be the latest or the greatest or subjected to modern trends or peer pressure. Passion to me is just getting out there to 'scratch that itch'.

At this present i would call myself a passionate fisho, one without the need for any justification to what i do or achieve, from either a online community or physical. I don't need to post up the baged out sessions while perfectly in frame and hash tag possible future sponsors.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:40 pm
by Fishing4Fun
Not sure about passion but addiction occurs when you join this site! :laugh1:

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:58 pm
by Tack22
Passion is what drives you to do what you really want to do. I think addiction is more of like a habit.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:31 am
by LgMouthGambler
Passion. And one helluva addictive passion at that. :lol:

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:50 pm
by Patex
Passion creates, addiction consumes.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:39 am
by Hallman
I think it becomes an addiction when you start spending beyond your means.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:30 pm
by DirtyD64
This is a lot of info, but for me fishing was a therapeutic remedy for a former addiction. I have been clean 5 years from HEAVY pain medicine addiction, and had remembered always liking fishing in high school, and in college before I got off track. So after I finally started seeing results and strictly sticking to programs to clean my life up, I took up fishing. First thing I did was purchase some nicer gear (use father's aluminum boat for now) because I was so happy to not be spending +50 dollars a day to not be forced into withdrawal. And the rest just picked up from there. Having this hobby/passion to be addicted to has replaced that non-stop, running search in my brain. I write down on paper plans for rods/reels/line, and plan out lures to use on trips, etc. if I ever get down or start having just generalized negative feelings. Addiction is and has been terrible, most people just view you as an idiot who cannot control themselves, unless someone has been there it is hard to understand; even I still don't understand some addictions people create. Fishing in general makes me very happy though, it takes me back to another time, and maybe a future time where I can take my own kids one day, but as of now fishing/tackle has been a part of me turning my life around. The void addiction leaves begs to be filled, I am very thankful I found this passion for tackle, fishing, and all that goes with it.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:06 pm
by cortman
DirtyD64 wrote:This is a lot of info, but for me fishing was a therapeutic remedy for a former addiction. I have been clean 5 years from HEAVY pain medicine addiction, and had remembered always liking fishing in high school, and in college before I got off track. So after I finally started seeing results and strictly sticking to programs to clean my life up, I took up fishing. First thing I did was purchase some nicer gear (use father's aluminum boat for now) because I was so happy to not be spending +50 dollars a day to not be forced into withdrawal. And the rest just picked up from there. Having this hobby/passion to be addicted to has replaced that non-stop, running search in my brain. I write down on paper plans for rods/reels/line, and plan out lures to use on trips, etc. if I ever get down or start having just generalized negative feelings. Addiction is and has been terrible, most people just view you as an idiot who cannot control themselves, unless someone has been there it is hard to understand; even I still don't understand some addictions people create. Fishing in general makes me very happy though, it takes me back to another time, and maybe a future time where I can take my own kids one day, but as of now fishing/tackle has been a part of me turning my life around. The void addiction leaves begs to be filled, I am very thankful I found this passion for tackle, fishing, and all that goes with it.


=D> Great writeup and good for you for taking that step in your life and using fishing as such a force for good. Thanks for sharing that.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:26 pm
by GOOD YEAR 71
Addiction has encompassed all of us at one time or another over something somehow someway. Everybody. Be honest...

Passion is much more elusive. Often misinterpreted as desire or pleasure, passion has little to do with either. It is unspoken.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:17 am
by DirtyD64
GOOD YEAR 71 wrote:Addiction has encompassed all of us at one time or another over something somehow someway. Everybody. Be honest...

Passion is much more elusive. Often misinterpreted as desire or pleasure, passion has little to do with either. It is unspoken.


This is true, and I haven't seen anyone drinking JJ's magic yet. I know versus other hobbies, my passion isn't so bad. I know friends with $15000 in guns that they shoot only a few times a year. I fish a lot, have about 13 nice combos and a decent amount of tackle. My father has TONS of duck hunting equipment and doesn't even go every year. Now when you get into boats and heavy electronics, fishing can be... well, you know.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:15 am
by duon0035
To me, it's an addiction when it has higher priority over everything else including family time.

Re: Fishing- Passion vs. Addiction

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:14 pm
by Mike and Pike
I'm an addict , that's when you spend more money than you can afford on fishing tackle without any guaranteed return.
Passion, well passion is a bit more subjective . In my mind it's hard to function knowing you have been suddenly cut off from your fix (addict) .
Passion means I once again simply deal with ups and downs . I am passionate about women. I'm addicted to fishing.