Of course it's smart! Professional fishing is a huge financial gamble if it's on your own dime. If you aren't wealthy or have tons of sponsor support it's a terrible move to make. He has a family and a future to think about. He's a good fisherman, and he has a plan. No shame in what he's doing at all.
Very smart. Knowing James like I do it killed him not to be out there but he put his wants behind what his best for his family and his longterm goals. Actually I think its refreshing to see someone put it in perspective like he has. He will be young enough when he rtires to chase it full time.