Ice fishing on Pemigewasset Lake in New Hampton, New Hampshire
Image credit: Reuters.
With employment rates down, Americans have more free time. Watching TV - allowing you to catch an ad every 12 minutes for stuff you can't afford - only begets Depression. No surprise, then, that sport fishing is gaining greatly in popularity. Related pleasures abound. Ice fishing, you can boost your hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps and be the piscatorial predator that you really are. Or, just take the moment to get to know your kids better. Politically speaking:- when the "hook and bullet crowd" rides, conservation rules. All to the good.Reuters covered the increased interest Americans have shown in sport fishing, of late. Excerpted from the story:- As recession deepens, more Americans go fishing:-
As Americans forgo expensive vacations, costly dinners and shopping mall splurges, many are opting instead for the quiet simplicity of fishing, according to the sport fishing industry and reports from bait shops and fishermen.No stimulus package needed. Save for the cost of a fishing license and needing to comply with catch limits, fishing is a fairly libertarian enterprise in North America. (There's a much greater chance of coming home "skunked" than of missing out on an opportunity to fill the creel.)
Hard times have had this effect on Americans before. In the last U.S. recession, from 2001 to 2002, spending on fishing rods and reels rose 12 percent to $343 million, according to the National Sporting Goods Association, a trade body that measures how much people spend on sporting goods.Can you guess who is credited with these quotes?
- God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
- I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
- No man can lose what he never had.
- "I shall stay no longer than to wish him a rainy day to read this... discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a-fishing."
Isaac Walton, dudes.
"Izaak Walton and his scholar" by American illustrator Louis John Rhead (1857-1926). Wood engraving. Image credit:Wikimedia.