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Gas Prices And Fishing

Well it looks like we are going to be paying $5.00 plus for marina gas this boating season. That will definitely cramp the style of a lot of boaters including me. It will also drive up the cost of charters.

The question is. Is there anything we can do about it. There’s not much we can do to directly influence the price of fuel but we can work together. By that I mean sharing info on where the fish are being caught. I know a lot of guys/gals probably won’t do this but it is one way to limit running around looking for the fish.

One suggestion is to set up a radio channel (channel 84 has been talked about) to monitor. A great idea but people will have to be willing to share and there will have to be some discipline if it’s going to work. A gabfest channel won’t work.

Another idea is to follow the existing fishing forums. There is a great deal of good information in these forums. Just google fishing forums and then narrow it down to those forums that are in your area and deal with the type of fishing you do. It works best if you join the conversation in the forums. If you do that on a regular basis and are free with your information then it is likely other people will share freely with you.

Another idea is to follow the fishing blogs for your area. Most of them are area specific so you can narrow things down to the area you fish. The good blogs post up to date marine weather and fishing reports. They follow the local charter captains so their info is current and truthful. This is a great spot to check the night before or morning of your fishing trip. It will give you a glimpse of the current weather and some idea where the fish are being caught.

Don’t underestimate the value of current information. If you are like some Lake Erie anglers I know you may be traveling several hours to get to the lake. The general weather forecasts are just that. General. The good blogs follow the marine weather closely and will be posting current conditions, water temperatures and any marine warning that might arise. It’s a real bummer to travel several hours only to find the lake to rough to fish.

However you choose to cope with the gas situation I wish you tight lines and good fishing.


Street Talk

Nice article bro .. its a month later and marina fuel is still way over 5.00 a gallon.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Wayne. I'm in Holland MI for a few days. Lake Michigan is beautiful

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  about 7 years ago

Best wishes on this season John

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Shawn. We're off to a slow start due to engine problems but they should be fixed this week

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  about 7 years ago

Great idea - posting current conditions, seeking them out and having alternate plans when it's too rough to fish the lake. Best wishes on the sharing where the fish are part:-) That's going to take a bit more...

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

The high gas prices are a little depressing as this means fewer fishing boats out there, so the good news is that the fish are very happy.

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  about 7 years ago

good article, john--full of useful tips for freshwater fishing. perhaps your future lies in the eco-friendly boat-engine business?

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment. I do have some ideas for fuel savings but can't afford to implement them to see if they work LOL

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  about 7 years ago

Good article and info..thanks

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment. It means a lot.

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  about 7 years ago
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