It may be time to start saving up for a fishing rig.
The industry is booming, with companies selling millions of fishing gear pieces.
But even with the boom, the costs can add up quickly, said Bob Gaudreau, president of the National Fishing Federation.
“The prices that you pay, they go up over time,” he said.
For example, the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation reported last year that the cost of a fishing rod has increased by 10% since 2007.
That’s because new types of fishing equipment like the rod and line that cost more to make and buy are also more prevalent in the market.
“They are going to keep on going up and up, because they are just so well-designed and have these amazing features,” Gaudette said.
Fishing gear manufacturers also have to keep prices down.
Some gear makers are trying to lower their prices, and others are working to make their products more affordable.
But it’s a balancing act.
For the average person, a new fishing rod can cost between $300 and $1,000, depending on the brand.
That makes a lot of money, but it can also be a challenge to find gear for your boat, according to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
“It can be a problem if you are out in the water,” Gautreau said.
“But for the average guy, that’s $30 to $40 to buy that type of fishing rod.”
Gaudreau said the price of fishing rods should be less of a problem than other gear.
“You are going for the most bang for your buck,” he added.
Gautreau’s wife is a fisherman.
When she’s not out on the water, she teaches kids about the sport and helps out with their fishing.
They both love fishing, and have done for years.
Gautrie also said that when he’s out fishing, he’s more likely to use a hook.
But he doesn’t want to buy a new rod.
Instead, Gautierres fishing gear needs to be made in his home, in a factory that has been in business for more than 100 years.
“I’ve been fishing for years,” Gaultreau said, “and this is just my first time ever getting a new boat.”
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