The surging, astronomical leap in fuel prices has meant considerably less fishing effort. I mean -- no brainer, there, right?
Wrong. At least, according to federal fisheries statistics, recreational fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico in July and August - when fuel prices were peaking at blistering levels and when marinas and charter ops around the Gulf were uniformly decrying the frightening decline in fishermen/effort - actually increased. In fact, the number of fishing trips into the Gulf reached their highest level since 2003 and the fourth highest level since 1981! Read More