Fishing Hooks Cash-Strapped
Growing number of Americans going fishing as times get tougher
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 3:20 PM CDT
Bait shop owners have had one of the best winters in memory as recession-hit Americans turn to fishing as a simple and cheap pursuit.   (©todbaker)
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(Newser) – The floundering economy means boom times for America's angling industry, Reuters reports. Bait-shop owners say they've had one of the best winters in memory as layoffs and cutbacks give workers a lot more free time to fish. Families are finding a day fishing makes a good alternative to costlier outings—with the bonus of lower grocery bills for those who get lucky. 

"This costs $6 to get a bucket of bait and it will last the whole day," said one man fishing on a  frozen New Hampshire lake. "Compare that to skiing—one day of skiing would cost $80 just for the lift ticket."