I’m a fan of Texas’ seafood, and I’m certainly not the only one.
But for some people, that same fishing lure is a deterrent, making the hobby difficult.
And that’s just what happened to my wife, Kim.
The couple bought a boat last spring, and they had no idea the lure would be so dangerous.
They decided to go fishing at the end of April.
When Kim was a freshman in high school, she would fish for bass, crab and tuna in the Gulf of Mexico.
Then, when she graduated in January, she was ready to tackle the world’s first “real” commercial fishing license.
When she arrived at the boat rental house, she saw a sign that read, “No lure.”
Kim thought the sign was an error, and she and her husband decided to try again.
That second time, they were met with a different message: “No rod.”
Kim and her wife didn’t have a license yet, but they had been fishing since January.
It’s a good sign that the lure is still legal, Kim said.
But when Kim returned to the rental house a couple weeks later, she discovered the lure was still on the hook.
“We were really surprised,” Kim said, noting the lure’s presence in the rental’s bathroom.
“I think we’re lucky, because we’re just trying to make a living fishing, and this has been our livelihood since January,” she said.
“We’re really grateful for the rod, but we’re not taking it seriously.”
Kim said she and Kim’s husband are both “pretty good” fishermen, but their business is not as lucrative as it once was.
And it’s not a fun one.
“It’s really tough, especially for us, to be honest,” Kim explained.
“When I was younger, fishing was a hobby for us,” Kim added.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize how difficult it is to actually catch the fish.”
When Kim and Kim were trying to find a commercial fishing rod, they discovered that it’s a little easier to fish in Texas than elsewhere in the country.
In Texas, a licensed angler must pay a fee of $1,000 to $2,000 for their license, and the state’s lure manufacturers are regulated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
While the lure might seem like a great way to get a paycheck, Kim and her partners have found that it also means that they can’t afford to keep their boats.
The lure, which can be purchased from Texas anglers for as little as $200, has made fishing less financially rewarding for Kim and others like her, and it’s also been an issue for Kim.
“There are some people who are really into fishing, but it’s kind of a slow process, and there are some guys who are into it just for fun,” Kim told Engadge.
“But you know, I’m trying to keep my business afloat and my family together.
I just have to keep making money to pay for my kids to go to college.”
Kim’s experience isn’t unique.
Texas’ lure industry is experiencing a slump, with demand dropping from its peak in 2011.
“The lure industry has been declining in recent years,” said Gary O’Connor, a professor of environmental science at the University of Texas at Austin.
“It’s the same problem we had with fishing rods before, where it wasn’t a very attractive product for many people.
Now, it’s pretty much dead.”
The lure has also taken a hit because Texas’ fishermen don’t have the same money to spend on other things like fish and bait.
The lure is considered an essential part of a boat, and fishing for it is seen as a necessity, O’Conner said.
“If you don’t get that lure, it doesn’t matter how good you are,” O’Connors said.
That’s because the lure has a lot to do with the cost of catching fish.
“The lure itself is just a piece of equipment,” he said.
If you buy a boat without a rod, the cost is only $400, but the rod costs $1.20 to $1 and a fish and fish bait goes for $150.
That’s why Kim and other Texas angler’s don’t want to pay a premium for the lure.
The Texas lure industry relies heavily on the lure industry, which means the lure can be a major part of the equation, said O’Brien.
“Texas anglers need a lure, because they don’t own a boat anymore,” he explained.
“They can’t sell their boat to someone else, because the cost can be so high.
The Texas lure is one of the few things they have to work with.
They can’t make the profit on the rod and go and buy a new one.”Kim