I'm really surprised by that too--"you will meet many many more guys that give it up." It's kind of sad. I wonder why they would since it is like an addiction--once you get bit by the bug of catching bass, that's all you want to do. Unless it's for health reasons or maybe family issues? Could it be once they reach all their goals, like catching a 50, or better they feel like they "did it all" and it's just not a challenge anymore? Except you guys have done that and better and you don't feel that way. It's so weird!
I read one story where a guy who fished for years finally got a 50 lber from shore and he stopped fishing right after that.