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Old 02-22-2011, 07:48 PM
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Default Do you have to be rich to enjoy fishing?

Ok, its rhetorical I know, but worth the discussion....

Boats of any size > $50K and often > $80K
Trailers and maintenance
FUEL per trip - hundreds per trip
Insurance
Gear
Electronics
Divorce(s)
Trucks to pull these rigs > 50K typically

Are we crazy or what? I used to compain about having to shell out $$ for hunting and went fishing instead cause it was cheaper.

So the question is, how in the hell do all us us (you) afford to do this and keep any benjamins in the bank?
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:50 PM
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Just keep telling myself ''I can't take it with me!"
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:51 PM
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gave up drinking, and all the rest of my previous hobbies.
but i have to say fishing toys are the best toys!
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:51 PM
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Nope, absolutely not. I can have just as much fun on my buddies 16' aluminum boat with a 30 horse on it as I do on my 25' with twins. Its all relative, you can make anything enjoyable! If I didn't have the means to run the 25' with twins then I wouldn't, I'd step down to something I could afford. There is no point in being that guy that has a 36' yellowfin but can't afford to do anything but make a boat payment...whats the point?
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:54 PM
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Come on you got to be kidding...? The best times i ever had was fishing with my grandfather from the banks of a canal and then when my son was older i bought a $500 dollar used Alumancraft, put on a used $250 outboard and caught just as many fish as i do today, if not more and had one heck of a time. Better yet, when we put the boat on the trailer that was it, no wash down, no electrics to maintain ..Nada! Fished with old Garcia reels and cheap rods..the most expensive thing was the shrimp. If i sold my boat tomorrow, i would be wading at dawn the Indian River lagoon for trout or on the beach fishing for snook and pompano and having just as much fun. When it gets to be a chore or job, sell the friggin boat.....keep it in perspective and enjoy. If you start worrying about the money then it is time to give it up...but that doesn't mean you have to stop fishing.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:55 PM
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Depends on the type of fishing...

Used to fish an abandoned 5-finger dock in the ICW just N of Cortez Rd. in Bradenton (Cortez). Grass flats and a 6 foot drop off. We caught Mangroves, Juvenile Grouper, Reds, Snook, Trout, Flounder, Skate, an occasional Cobia, sheepies in the winter...

All it cost us was 3-4 dozen regular shrimp and our beer...and my truck was parked 100' away. So, all in all, about $30 for a ton of fish and good, relaxed fun.

It's all kind of relative...
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:00 PM
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No way you don't have to be rich at all man! People with the big boats just ARE rich! Go out of the U.S and see what they catch 300 lb Tuna and Marlin in.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:09 PM
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No you don't have to be rich. The best adventure fishing was when I was young and dumb. I bought a 14' runabout with a 35hp motor for $300, then got a gallon paint can, filled it with concrete and an eye bolt. That and a clothes line from the hardware store made my anchor. A can of hash, beans, six pack and a mini hibachi and I was livin' large.
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Originally Posted by Mud Runner View Post
No you don't have to be rich. The best adventure fishing was when I was young and dumb. I bought a 14' runabout with a 35hp motor for $300, then got a gallon paint can, filled it with concrete and an eye bolt. That and a clothes line from the hardware store made my anchor. A can of hash, beans, six pack and a mini hibachi and I was livin' large.
Young? Yes. Dumb? No.
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Hell no. I love seing all the kyack fishers out now. Buggger sitting on the wharf when you can be out there in stealth mode getting ontop of the schools of fish and getting a great work out aswell.

Most people here fish out of tiny boats. 6 meters is regarded as a serious offshore machine.

I still keep a trusty 12 foot tinny and just upgraded the old 6 hp evinrude to a 8 hp tohatsu. Uses nothing in fuel.Great for casting, bangs the shit out of you, makes sure you get all wet and salty. I love the sound of the water lapping against the hull. Fish like it to. Goes like lightning with just 1 person in it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:17 PM
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No, you dont have to be rich....but it sure as hell helps !
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:09 AM
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You don't have to be rich but it helps to have enough money to buy a machine where you don't spend half the day under the hatch turning wrenches everytime you try to use it, or when you are out and need to come back!

Boating sure isn't for poor people though. Even sea kayaks run into the thousands, and no engine!

The old days we miss are not for the old junk boats. It is our youth we miss, the good memories.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:06 AM
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Got no Wealth, and certainly ain't RICH because I FISH!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:27 AM
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I catch more fish from my kayaks than I do from my motor boats.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:44 AM
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Too general. Depends on the fishing.

Offshore fishing is an expensive hobby no matter how small the boat.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:55 AM
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no.kinda silly question to me but i am biased bc i do not need to be rich to enjoy fishing
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:33 AM
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If you break it down, there are lots of ways to fish without being rich.
The average guy is probably fishing 15-20 times a year.
If you did your 20 days as a surfcaster, including the annual permit ($175), fuel for your 4x4, bait ice and some gear, you could do that for less than $1,000 ($50/trip).
If you limited yourself to inshore party boats, the average trip (fare, tackle) will be in the $60 range or about $1,200.
The next step up is a small bay boat that you trailer (17-19'), and that same 20 trip package will gross up at about $4,500 (insurance, maintenance, 20 gallons of gas per trip, bait, ice, tackle, etc (not including boat payments)), assuming you split the $3,000 in consumable 3-ways, brings that down to $2,500 or $125/trip.
All of those are well within the affordability of most anyone. From there fishing cost per trip if you own the boat goes up significantly. A budget minded blue water guy, with a boat capable of canyon fishing making that same 20 trips, even if he splits up all the consumables (fuel, bait, ice, food) 6 ways (average trip on a 32-35' boat (small side for NE canyon work) will be 270-300 gal of diesel ($1,200), $200 in bait & ice and $200 in food) is $270 per trip in consumables ($5,400) + fixed costs (maintenance, dockage, insurance, repairs - $15,000) + tackle costs ($15,000 up front/5 seasons=$3,000), you are looking at $1,170/trip, and that doesn't include the note on the boat or depreciation. If you jumped to a 40-42' boat, you would double those numbers, or about $2,400 per trip for the boat's owner.
For 95% of the people who want to fish the canyons 5-8x per season and the rest of the time fish the area 25 miles out and closer, which can be done on a 22-25' boat, it would be far cheaper for them to buy a 25' twin outboard and split a charter on an offshore boat ($700-800/trip x 8 = $6,000), than to own their own canyon capable boat.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:42 AM
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I think the majority of THT posters are far better off than the average working joe who would have difficulty swinging the payments for a new or late model quality brand 23 footer, much less the price of fuel, bait and ice to take it offshore. Not to mention all of the posters with much larger and more expensive boats. This is merely an observation.
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My boat cost $30K roughtly, which I financed like a car payment. It costs me about $300 per year to keep the engine maintained, which I do myself. I tow it with the P/U truck I already had.

My boat gets about 5mpg, and in a typical trip I will burn less than 20 gallons of fuel. I usually split the expense of bait/ice/rigs/fuel with one to three others. I cannot fish every day that I would like too, due to the size of my boat and the conditions it can handle safely, and having to work a full-time job. Still, I fish alot of days after work and on weekdays when there is little to no fishing pressure.

My fishing tackle is top-notch gear and has been carefully aquired over a period of years, when I have been able to afford it, and carefully maintained. I am probably better equipped to fish than the average Sportfish owner is. I take care of my stuff.

It cost me an average of less than $30 to go fishing after splitting expenses, and often less than that.

No, I am not wealthy, but I lead a "Rich" life.

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Old 02-23-2011, 04:59 AM
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What those guys said above. So true

Plus what do people pay to go to football, basketball games
Pro and college. you have to fork out money for 3-4 hours.
me personally,I would rather pay to fish then give my money to overpaid
you know what !!!!

But, in the same issue, stay at home watch the game. I enjoyed it more then going to the stadium. like fishing from the bank..

I hunt ( my boys also)
However,
Boating stuff is a full time passion.

Boating is not all fishing, it is a way of life.
in the end, it has made life so much more.
Time with kids and wife., when the kids got into the rebel stage and wanted to spend time with friends, we had a boat and all the other kids wanted to go with us.
Sking, tubing and fishing.

kept our family close. Still to this day we are close, ( 4 boys)
we talk and share everyday. boating laid that foundation, so money wise, it gave me
a precious gift. Now the kids gone, the wife and I have something together.
bought a crusier, still can fish, ( maybe not the best fishing boat) but I can fish.
Boating is part of being creative. Making it work for you.


Boating is worth it, if you can do it, Just DO IT !!!

You won't look back and say I wish I never did it !

You don't need the biggest and badest boat. Start right,and see what happens.

Good Luck
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