impulse wrote:Remember when fishing was a great, cheap hobby?
Still can be. I took two of my kids to the Galveston Fishing Pier the other day. $6 per kid (I have a season pass $240/yr), $5 for a box of frozen squid for my daughter, a couple of packs of speck rigs and a sabiki rig for my son, and hours of entertainment that resulted in several small sharks, a few keeper specks (my son caught them on a gold spoon) off of the T-head when a small group of birds were working. He also caught a handful of smacks. I think all in, including gas from Houston and lunch, I was under $75 for the day which lasted from about 7a to 7p. They also got to see the guy next to us land a 6' hammerhead shark which was pretty cool. My 7 year old daughter also learned to cast a spinning reel that day, so as soon as I can get her throwing artificials, my life will be just about complete.
As for the kayaking aspect of our hobby, I bought a used T160 off TKF about ten years ago, I have no electronics on board, and fish only artificials. Other than the rod/reel expenses and lures (which, admittedly can be pricey), there isn't much more than the gas to get me to where I want to fish.