Below the Waterline: Finding value in fishing more than dollars and cents

The price of admission into fishing, even at the lower levels, has escalated to a point that makes it difficult to enter the game. I tell anglers all the time they need to be more analytical for decision making, too. Don’t just use your heart, your dreams or something you cannot quantify. Use your brain and think it through.

This thought process can be used for buying a new truck, a house or making a decision about moving. Head, heart and gut rational thinking wins out more than not. When speaking to high school or college anglers, I always tell them before they dive headlong into fishing to do a spreadsheet and be honest with that assessment. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper and put costs/liabilities on one side and assets/benefits on the other.

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