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How will gas prices effect your fishing.....

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......this year ?

I'll tell you, it's going to hurt me pretty bad :(

A couple of the places I fish take me about a half a tank in my truck, which will Equal $50 (@ $4 gallon) then, (only) another $10 or $15 in my boat.... Thank God it's not a high per bass boat ! {granted, I'd still say that if gas were only 50 cents a gallon ;) LOL}

Then a $12 to $20 day use / launch / fishing fee....

So, I'm looking at $75 to $90 per day of bass fishing :(

That might not sound expensive to some of you, but I'm a poor guy....

And what's worse, I drive for a living, and my gas comes straight out of my profits. So, as the price of gas goes up, my pay goes down, at the same time ! Talk about a double whammy ! :(

Granted, I could spend some of my Spring fishing time fishing in my back yard (so to speak) for Stripers and Sturgeon. That costs me about $5 gas in the truck, and maybe $5 to $15 in the boat.

Or, my home lake Berryessa.... free launch, and maybe $35 in truck gas, $10 to $15 gas in the boat. And it has a few big bass..... they are just scattered throught 25,000 acres. I kinda' prefer a bunch of big bass, in a 100 acre pond ;)

+ I'm now working 5 days a week, after working only 4 days a wk for the last 5 or 6 years :( ......and probably taking home less $ ! Don't that suck.

All in all, it doesn't look real good this year :(

Okay, enough of my whining.

How about you ?

Fish

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Was going to take 2 spring fishing trips.  Now it's looking like just 1.

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its already hitting me, last tourny i went through 15 gallons in the boat in 1 day.  my fishing will def be slowing down.

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Won't effect me one bit.  It is only a few miles to the lake and I don't have a gas motor on the boat.  The wind is the only thing that keeps me from going to the lake.

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I hate watching my hard earned money go into my gas tank! Kinda bums me out!  :-?

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It won't effect me much. I'm not married, so I'm able to allocate a good chunk of my budget to fishing. I'm running a 115 Optimax, so I don't burn too awfully much gas while fishing.

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Won't hurt me at all. I either fish from shore or in a jon with a trolling motor.

Just got a job today, so a big chunk of that will be going into my car. Won't have to worry about it as long as I can keep the job.

Working will hurt my fishing time more than gas prices will.

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I stay close to home....That what gas prices will do to me.

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It won't effect me too much. The lakes I fish are mostly 25-30 miles from home. I generally go about 4-5 days a week in the summer, sometimes 6 if the fishing is hot. I'll probably go 3-4 times a week if gas prices rise above $4, and just spent more time on the lake per trip, especially on the weekends. Last year I was averaging about $75-90 a week on gas between my boat and tow vehicle, and that was at $2.70 a gallon, which might look like a bargain if the **** really hits the fan in the Middle East this summer, or 5 years from now, or 10...

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Won't do much to slow me down. I wish I had lakes closer to home that were worth the effort but I really don't. So I'm usually stuck making at least a 40 minute drive somewhere and using most of a tank of gas round trip. With an aluminum boat and a 60hp four stroke motor I usually get a months worth of trips out of my boats gas tanks. It sucks spending the money on gas in the truck but I'm not going to sit at home and wait for the price of gas to go down.  :D

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It won't effect my fishing at all, but I'll be back to canned tuna and ramen noodles again, just like my college days! I might even drop a few pounds. ;D Did I mention my boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and 2 stroke Yamalube is $30 a gallon? Glad I'm single!

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Club tournaments have a $50 cap for nonboaters.

My B.A.S.S. tournament partner pays the gas and I pay the $100 entrance fee.

By doing this I am 2-0 versus the gasoline prices.

And I will not be taking the boat out as often this year as I did last year and fishing closer to home.  :)

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I used to run to the local lake for a four to five hour trip.  Not any more. Trips are less frequent but longer in duration. I used to treat friends to trips and never took money for gas because I was going any way.  I will not turn down an offer to chip in.  My buddy and I try to hit some locations that are two hours to 5 hours away. We split gas and will try to do over nighters to capitalize on the drive cost and less all day jaunts.  We don't use much boat gas and we each have 150's. Better planning and PB & J instead of pizza on the way home. Looks like quality and not quantity for trips this year.

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Luckily i lived only a mile from the lake and my boat only sports a 90hp motor so it shouldn't hurt to bad. But any increase still stinks. :(

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None really. The closest big lake will still only be about 30 dollars of gas in the truck round trip, and my kayak runs on pure elbow grease so no added expense there.  ;D

Plus in the summer I'll have a friend or 2 splitting the gas prices with me when going to a lake farther away and even the closer one.

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Shouldn't really effect me since I am only out 1-3 days a week, and I bought ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas (DIG)as a hedge to what I pay at the pump.  I figure the just about every time gas goes up so does share price of gas and oil producing companies, so I buy into the profits. Have done this 2-3x during gas price hikes and have about broken even if not come up on top.  It would be a different story if I was out consistently more than 2-3 days a week though and the Libya Black Swan event really helped my hedge.

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I'm going to have to cut back some for sure. Been doing around 50 tournaments a year, guess I'll cut back to 49...lol

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Fewer trips, longer duration here too. Plus finding some closer places to fish. An hour there and back is too much for me to make it too often. Worried about the truck, not necessarily the boat.

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Just means more trips either closer to home, or road trips where I spend a few days instead of hours.  Should result in less boat traffic which isn't all that bad for me directly.  Won't help some of my clients who need the tourist trade.  Unless I'm mistaken, any big rise in the cost of fuel will be short lived.  As soon as people start using less, the price will again go down. 

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Will not directly affect my fishing other than possibly keeping me a bit close some but it does affect the rest of the economy at least up this way.

::)

A-JAy

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Will not effect my fun fishing as I have 3 good lakes within 15 minutes, and a great one at about 30minute drive.  Tourneys will be effected by extra cost to prefish- that and it may drive other anglers away reducing some of the payouts. 

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