What the Funk?

First, let me say thank you to everyone who reads this blog, comments, shares a link, mentions it on their blog, and writes here. It makes me feel great knowing that you come here to read about fishing and life when there are so many other great options out there.

With that said, have you noticed a lack of actual fishing reports from ME lately? As some of you may know, I recently had my first child. Does this mean I haven't been out fishing? It would make sense, but that's not it.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't been out as much but Mrs. BFA has definitely allowed me to get out every now and then. My trips have been short for the most part, and quite truthfully, I just haven't been catching them! That shouldn't mean that I don't write a story, though...should it? After all, I always find some adventure in even the most ordinary outings. Granted, I may not get nearly as deep as Ed at FourseasonAngler.com or KenG at Chicagonow.com/waterdog-journal, but I usually find something neat to write about.

So what's the deal? Quite frankly, I have been in a bit of a funk as of late and just haven't felt like writing about the outings I have been on. It's disappointing too, because I have had some great opportunities! I feel as if I have been really ripping all of you off by not sharing.

So what have you been missing? How about my first trip to catch a king salmon during the most important time of a salmons life. It's a time that marks the end of one life and the beginning of many more. It's the fall spawn. Dan Sim's joined me along with Andy and Tom from Fishing-Headquarters.com. We didn't catch anything, but I made two new friends and had a great time!

I was also out on the Fox River for the first time this past weekend. Luckily, I was with Tom who was able to capture the spirit of the trip. One thing he missed, though, was the culmination of everything in my head that day. It all hit me like a lightning bug splattering on my bumper on I-55...I know why I'm not catching fish! So what is it? It's so simple, it's ridiculous...It's also the reason why I haven't been writing about it.


I am just not in it. When I am out there fishing, I'm not thinking about fishing. I am not looking at what is happening around me or what the water is telling me. Instead, I am thinking about my wife being stuck at home while I am out enjoying myself. I am thinking about sleeping for more than three hours in a row. I am thinking about an upcoming work trip and leaving my new son and wife alone for the first time. I am thinking that there is more to life than actually catching fish and more to life than my self.

It's amazing that a person can finally realize what life is really all about so quickly. Don't get me wrong, I still haven't come to grips with it all, but I am starting to at least understand.

Does this mean that I am going to be in this funk forever? HECK NO! There are several new tools in my arsenal that will be put to full use once my head is back in it! All I have to say is look out fish because here I come! And hold my faithful readers, because I am taking you with me!


  1. The little one sure looks healthy. It is a special time in life and you live it only once when each child is so small. Enjoy it, make memories out of it, fishing will come in time. Happy hookups when they do!

  2. Gosh...I ditto Mel's comment. Hey...you just caught us up in one post! Enjoy the more important thngs in life!

  3. @Mel - He sure is! He is already pushing 11 pounds. He is a tank. We are looking forward to the next few months where he really starts to become a bit more interactive. The smiles are already starting, and that is just awesome. There is also nothing like having this little person fall asleep on your chest.

    @RD - Ditto :) I guess I did...or did I?? ;)

  4. Great job fessing up! I'm right there with you in that funk; tried to shake it a few times and couldn't. So, I just gave up and figured I'll enjoy being a dad and figure out fishing later. I reckon I'll be back in the saddle come October.

    Glad your new little guy is doing well--the smiles are a real hoot!

  5. If you think fishing has been fun before. Wait until you have a little fishing buddy. You can brag about your fish and theirs.

  6. Thanks for the mention, and don't think of it as a funk. It's just another step along the path of life.

    Everyone needs a break now and then, just make sure Momma gets some break time too. You'll have to find a balance, and it won't be easy. That is what will make it great though, the tough stuff is usually the most worthwhile.

  7. Hey Nick, I am glad we finally met and got to do some fishing! I know this time can be a bit overwhelming but it will also be a great time in your life. My children are a little older than your boy and I was a basket case after they were born and thinking of the same stuff you are. You are certainly welcome to join me and any of my fishing buddies for a wade or yak or whatever!!! Take it easy, and we will have to get together again and actually catch some fish next time!

  8. @Will - Thanks! It felt good to get it out there.

    @Team - I can't wait for that!

    @FSA - Getting her a break is the hard part...once we get him going on bottles, it will be much easier.

    @Tom - Me too! It's good to know others have had the same feelings. I plan on getting out as much as possible with the yak!

  9. Ah, that's a little cutie. Great job on the best catch yet. Congratulations, by the way.

    Now you'll have something worth taking photos of (too many doesn't exist) and making memories with.

    That being said, I hope you can find that special sauce that is fishing, once again.

  10. Thanks, Loah. I have never taken more photos of anything before.

    I am working on finding the fishing sauce again...I actually went 2 for 10 last night in an hour and a half of trying. Best action I've had in a long time.


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