Finding my Inner Fish
by: Chad LaChance 1/5/2013
If youíre reading this, I owe you an apology. No, itís not because of what youíre reading now, but rather what you havenít been reading because it hasnít been an option. The apology is for my lack of fresh writing and content, and general participation with our audience here on FxR and elsewhere. I hope youíll understand.
The second half of 2012 brought on a huge pile of stuff that caused me to lose focus on and ultimately track of the things that make fishing for a living successful and fun. That, folks, is interaction with you. Itís the sharing of whatever angling knowledge we have or can glean from others, or at very least, the entertainment value we provide. If you donít watch, read, listen or show up, I havenít done my job because my job is to get you to fish more and ultimately catch more fish through those various media channels and personal interaction. Pretty simple, really, given that you all fish because you want to, not because you have to.
So what happened in ĎOught Twelve that took my head out of the game? Well, it was a combination of a few things. First, my dear old Labrador Retriever, Bud, passed away after nearly 15 years of tagging along wherever I went. By the time I was getting over the loss of a great companion, the crap really hit the fan on a hot June day when a little fire you may have heard of called the High Park fire rolled through NoCO burning tens of thousands of acres and causing massive evacuations, my home includedÖtwice. My home was spared, but several close friends were more directly affected and the ensuing chaos was distracting to say the least. During that time, the Fishful Tundra was a hit and run victim which caused several thousand in damage and further disrupted our filming/guiding/general fishing schedule. By the time the truck was back in action we were faced with warnings that our home lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, may be closing itís ramps in late summer due to low water, to which I reacted by selling the boat. It got within a foot or two but the lake never officially closed. The damage was done howeverÖthe boat was gone way too early in the year, and I was even more bummed on the way things were going.
I sit here now and say ďso what?Ē Who cares? Nobody! We all have problems and life ainít easy. The fact that Iím lucky enough to get paid to spread the fishing gospel should overcome ANY crap that gets thrown my way, and using some bumpy personal times as an excuse for lack of conviction in getting my job done is absurd. In fact, I dearly love to fish and propagate the fishing lifestyle, so I should excel in rough times because I find my inner peace in angling. Itís as simple as that.
I tell you all this not as an excuse, rather as way to talk it out with myself, and be honest with you. After all, if youíre taking time to read this, you must care, right?
Now itís a new year, Season 8 of FTTV is off and running, and Iím prepping for one of my favorite parts of my jobÖconsumer show season. At events like the Denver Boat Show and even better, the International Sportsmenís Exposition, I get to talk fishing with peers and strangers alike, get your input and ideas, and generally share the lifestyle with all of you caring folks in person. That, friends, is a blessingÖI promise.
My first blog ever started with this mantraÖ
ďFishful Thinker is a state of mind, pure and simple. Not a person, place, or even genre; rather a mindset that besets those who think fishy thoughts. Itís the relentless quest of knowledge coupled with application, the wave of fishing success and failure, and the countless hours daydreaming of the next opportunity. Itís anticipation, preparation, participation, and reflection, primal yet sophisticated. Itís youthful exuberance and ageless wisdom; a process without end where every answer brings a question, and success leaves one yearning for the next challenge. Itís respect for the quarry, environment, and peers, the sharing of knowledge and the understanding of an anglerís place in the grand scheme, however humbling that may be.Ē
Nowhere in there does it say anything about negativity or whining. It does however mention humility, respect, and understanding of an anglerís place in life. As I look forward to this year, perhaps Iíll do a better job of taking my own mantra to heart, counting my blessings, and staying focused on the positives in my life. I would humbly suggest that all of us would be better off if we focused on that last point.
So, please watch out for new Fishful Thinker articles and blogs, Facebook interaction, FTTV shows, and time relevant radio with Terry Wickstrom. Iím looking forward to this year more than any since the inception of Fishful Thinker as a company, and I canít wait to share it with all of you. Thanks in advance for tagging along.
But first things firstÖanyone know where I can get a good Lab puppy?
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OneBigPig, CO 1/5/2013 6:29:22 PM
welcome back Chad......God bless you and all you do for others. Now lets You and I do a show on Float Tubin'!
takeakidfishing, CO 1/5/2013 7:55:53 PM
Great read Chad..Happy New Year and welcome back.
Tiny Stevens, CO 1/5/2013 9:19:47 PM
Awesome read Chad! I am truly sorry for all that you and Mrs. Fishful went through this year, but, I am glad to see you have emerged stronger, and energetic as ever! It was awesome talking with you today!
SnipeHuntin, CO 1/6/2013 12:05:52 AM
Chad you don't have to apologize! You are awesome at what you do. I look forward to watching, reading and talking to you. I know my son does too. I gave him 2 of the stickers you sent me and he found the perfect place for them... on his bed! As for a Lab puppy we are planning to bred my Chocolate Lab puppy (pure bred from sport line and registered) in July when the female my buddy has is ready. BTW he came from Marty aka HeavyC's Chocolate lab.
BobLoblaw, CO 1/6/2013 2:38:59 AM
It must of been the year went through some of that myself last year, so it happens to everyone. Welcome back and being back is the important part!
rkcsuram, CO 1/6/2013 3:00:52 PM
We love ya Chad! It has been a brutal year. You are an inspiration to us "wanna-bes." I look forward to seeing you on the water in 2013.
Go Rams, Go NoCo Bass Anglers,
saltyfresh, CO 1/6/2013 7:15:34 PM
Glad to have you back, Chad! Here's to a better 2013!
Bobby81, CO 1/6/2013 7:42:41 PM
Welcome back Chad. I really enjoy your Fishful Thinker TV Show. Keep up the great work you do.
basspirate, CO 1/7/2013 4:22:22 AM
youre, right, we all have our share of trials in this life, and for some reason it does seem like the old saying "when it rains, it pours....." has some truth to it.
so does the saying "its not how many times you get knocked down that matters, its how many times you get up."
i look forward to new Fishful shows, i think i saw one this past weekend.
still waiting on that float tube show :)
Coyute, CO 1/7/2013 9:15:20 AM
Good start to the FT season. :) I hope we get more bass shows this year and fewer ice shows. lol
Coyute, CO 1/7/2013 9:17:30 AM
If you do do a float tube show, get somebody who has a stout history of float tubing success and and not just some poser with a belly boat. :)
skiman, CO 1/8/2013 8:04:34 AM
Just remember the acronym T I M E...Things I Must Endure! There are ALWAYS those who have far more to bear then we do.
I look forward to hearing more about float-tubing as well, especiall for us "older" gentlemen! LOL Good Fishing!
Chad LaChance (Fishful Thinker), CO 1/8/2013 8:47:58 AM
Thanks all...I appreciate the advice and encouragement. Feelin' pretty good about 2013. Funny thing is that I really didn't fish that well last year either which goes to show that fishing, like any sport, is mostly mental. CL