AUSTIN — As anglers head into the fish- and chip-filled spring for their first fish and chip harvest in almost a year, they can feel confident that the fish they’ve been catching will be good.
For the most part, they say, it is.
And with good news for the fishing industry, some anglers are saying they’re going to keep on fishing.
In fact, the number of anglers participating in this spring’s fish-chip harvest is up nearly 70 percent over last year, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The researchers surveyed the fisheries management offices in the Southwest and found that the number participating in the spring fish-chips harvest was up by about 35 percent.
More than 40 percent of the 1,400 fisheries management office staff in Texas and Arizona said they would like to participate in the harvest, according the study.
The study was based on a survey conducted in March, the first full year of the new year.
Overall, fish and chilies account for about 15 percent of fish caught by fishers, according Toffler.
But it’s only about 10 percent of what anglers and their families catch in the season.
In Texas, there are nearly 4,000 fish-caught species and more than 30,000 species of fish that are caught by anglers each year.
The state’s fisheries management is focused on the fishery, and a number of agencies have taken steps to make the fishers better equipped to capture and harvest those fish.
Toffler said the increase in fish-recall rates in the last year was not surprising.
The federal fish-catching regulations are set to expire on July 1.
“In general, we see a lot of interest in catching more fish,” Tofflier said.
That includes people who are looking to supplement their income.
Some anglers said they were glad to see more people participating.
They said they feel like they are making more money.
But to many of the fisher’s, it’s all about the money.
It’s been a rough season for some Texas anglers.
Travis, a 50-year-old fisherman, said he hasn’t caught fish since the spring.
He said he’s been trying to find ways to help the fisher, but the only thing that has helped is the people who know how to catch fish.
He said some people have been fishing for hours on end to get their catch and then get paid.
Toffller said it can be a tough job.
If he can’t make the fish that’s being caught, he said he can often get frustrated.
He’s heard people say, “You don’t have to be an angler to catch the fish, it happens to be fish.”
Tofflier said he hopes to find a way to help these people in the future.
His fishing partners, who are also retired, are also happy to hear he’s back on the job.
To a man who wears his blue jeans and a gray t-shirt, he’s the same person.
He said he still fishes and chucks out his catch to his fishing partners when they catch the right fish.
After all, he says, he loves fishing and he loves to help out the people that fish for him.
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