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Mental Toughness...

Guest Blog by: Robby Richardson 1/30/2013
Fishing is a fun, relaxing sport that can easily be turned into a mind game!  The more we fish, the higher our expectations tend to be.  A lot of fishermen, myself included, reach a point where numbers of fish are no longer satisfactory.  The attention turns to unlocking the puzzle of big fish patterns and fishing becomes a competitive mission to out-do your last "personal best."   This can be good and bad.  

This drive will help you push the limits and learn fish behavior at an advanced rate!  However, it can also leave you with extremely high expectations to have an "In-Fisherman" moment every time you are on the water.  A lot of times in the past, when I don't have that "In-Fisherman" moment or I don't figure out the puzzle for the day, I feel bummed out and frustrated.  But over the years I have learned the importance of mental toughness! 

It's so very important to remember that every day is a new day.  Just like a shooter in the NBA, you can't dwell on the day before or even a mistake/missed shot from a few minutes prior, you must wipe the slate clean and be prepared for the present moment!  Because in the world of fishing, anything can happen at any time and if you are still mentally distraught over the fish you just missed, you might no be prepared for the fish that's about to bite!

So stay focused on the task at hand; don't beat yourself up over mistakes; and set goals/expectations, but don't take it personal if you don't reach them on your first attempt.  As Rocky said:

“It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you can be hit, how many times you can be knocked down, and keep getting up and getting back into the ring.” 

Sport Fish Colorado and Ice Fish Colorado was created in late 2009 by Robby Richardson. Robby has had an intense passion for fishing and the outdoors since he was first able to walk. His grandpa was a great outdoorsman and his father took him fishing quite often as a child. As Robby grew so did his passion for fishing and in high school he began fishing as much as he could in between school and the sports he played. It was at this point in his life that he decided he would like to help other people enjoy the sport he loved so much and that guiding would be the best way to do that. Robby then attended college at Western State College in Gunnison where he found himself in the epicenter of many great fishing and outdoor opportunities! He immediately fell in love with this part of God's beautiful county. The following summer, he was blessed with a job as a fishing guide working for the concessionaire at Elk Creek Marina. This was his first guiding experience, but he immediately took to the responsibility of helping people have fun catching fish! Over the next four years Robby built up his clientele base guiding out of Elk Creek Marina on Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reservoirs. Unfortunately, there were several factors limiting the flexibility of Robby's goals as a fisherman and a fishing guide so in the fall of 2009 with the help of his mentors and friends, Linnie and Konrad Krauland, he started Sport Fish Colorado. Robby is very thankful to God for blessing him with this opportunity! Robby's vision for Sport Fish Colorado and Ice Fish Colorado is to continue to advance fishing and ice fishing in the beautiful state of Colorado by providing as much information and instruction possible in an effort to help fishermen and fisherwomen of all experience levels build their confidence as anglers. He strives to do this by teaching and putting into action the latest techniques and technology so that they can succeed and have fun using these tools and techniques with him and on their own. After all, fishing is all about having fun and enjoying God's beautiful outdoors!
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Member comments
Coyute, CO   1/30/2013 5:20:15 PM
Good one. Getting beat up on the water does more to motivate me than a stellar day. If everything was gravy, life wouldn't be as interesting.
Muskiemaniac, CO   1/30/2013 6:50:44 PM
This all sounds really familiar! It is tough when you swing for the fences and don't connect, tough to happy with a sinlge sometimes too. I figured I would round out the sports analagies.... good work Robby
alanlf5280, CO   1/31/2013 8:07:41 AM
Great read Robby. I hear you stayed with my brother and his roommate while the Denver ISE was in town. Would have been nice to meet you.
JKaboom, CO   1/31/2013 11:11:05 PM
Point well made !!
esoxrocks, CO   2/3/2013 2:04:34 PM
Good thoughts. I try (“try” being the operative word) to think of each day and an entity unto itself i.e., different conditions mean different potential. On some days, one or two fish is a good day…or other day’s a dozen nice fish is just ok…and then there are the In-Fisherman days we all live for. As I see it, the trick is not to base my day-to-day enjoyment on the number or size of fish caught…while also maintaining the drive to get better as a fisherman. There is a fine line between becoming frustrated and taking tough days in stride on the road to becoming a better fisherman. Admittedly, sometimes maintaining this perspective is easier said than done.
Robby Richardson
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