Fishing rod holders are coming back to fishing.
The boom in fishing has been a boon for fishermen in Florida, where fishing rod prices have shot up by over 50 percent in the past five years, according to a report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts last week.
While many anglers may prefer to spend their time catching the fish, many angler-owned businesses have been hit hard by the decline in fishing revenue.
That’s because many fishermen are now looking for other ways to spend time with their families, according Toobin.
“If you don’t have your fishing rod, then you’re going to spend your time with your kids and maybe your wife, you know, taking a bath, or whatever,” he said.
Fishing rod owners have been forced to choose between spending time with families or working to make ends meet.
For a lot of fishermen, the decline of fishing revenue has put a strain on their financial situation.
In 2014, the average income for anglers in the U.S. was $50,847.
But that number fell to $36,927 in 2017, according Pew Charities.
That drop was caused in part by a decrease in fishing income.
For most fishermen, it means that they can’t afford to purchase a new rod.
But some fishing rod owners are taking it upon themselves to buy their own fishing gear, which is helping to alleviate some of the financial strain.
“You don’t really need to own a fishing rod anymore,” said Toobin, who has owned a fishing kayak for the past three years.
“You don, you can buy fishing kayaks, you have the option of buying a fishing pole, and it just depends on what your budget is.”
“It’s just so much fun,” he added.
“It’s really, really relaxing to just sit there with your buddies, you don,t have to worry about having to buy a fishing line or something.”
The Pew Charites report also found that the average age of a fishing license holder dropped from 36.4 to 32.2 years.
And since 2014, fewer people are applying for a license.
According to Pew, only 37.4 percent of people aged 18 to 29 were renewing their licenses in the first half of 2018.
The Pew report also revealed that people who had licenses in 2014 or 2015 are the ones most likely to be out of work.