It was a summer in 1977.
I was five years old and I was visiting my grandparents in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
It was hot and humid and it was the best summer vacation of my life.
I went to the beach, saw the sea, and went to Disneyland, but I was still thinking about my future in Florida.
“My grandfather was a fisherman,” I told myself.
“He used to go fishing all the time.
And I was in school, too.
He used to come up and see me and tell me, ‘I’m going fishing tomorrow.
Go fishing, kid.’
So he always told me, go fishing.’
So I did.
I started fishing in the spring and summer of 1978.”
Now, five years later, I’m still fishing.
But what’s changed since then?
The first thing that stands out to me is the amount of money that’s being thrown around.
“The money that goes around in fishing is really incredible,” says Chris Fauci, a former fisherman who now works at the Fishing Shack in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and who now runs a family-owned business.
“You see all these big, shiny, expensive fishing boats, and people are flying around in them.
You can’t see the big fish in them because they’re so expensive.”
For some, it’s money that they can use to purchase an expensive fishing gear, or even buy a new boat.
But for others, it can mean a lifetime of disappointment.
“People have this expectation that they have to be fishing for years to pay off their boat, to buy the gear,” says Fauji.
“But for a lot of people, it comes from a place of need.
It comes from having a boat, or a house, or something that they’ve worked hard to build up over the years, and they’re going to pay for it.”
And what if that boat they purchased has a problem?
“People are just going to say, ‘Hey, don’t worry about it,’ because they don’t want to have to pay their boat’s owner for that,” Faui says.
But there are other people who are going to buy a boat and have that boat for the rest of their lives. “
I know there are some people who will go through life without getting a boat that they built and are just looking for some new gear.
But when they’re spending it all over the place, that is a big mistake,” says Tom Fauzi, who owns the Fishing Hut in Palm Gardens. “
When people buy a big boat and they want to keep it, that’s a great investment.
But when they’re spending it all over the place, that is a big mistake,” says Tom Fauzi, who owns the Fishing Hut in Palm Gardens.
“It’s not like they’re buying the boat for a lifetime, but they’re getting a bunch of cash that they may not be able to use in their life.
That’s the whole point.”
The biggest mistake, he says, is to buy something that’s not the right kind of boat.
And that’s what’s happening with many of the new fishing boats that are popping up in Florida and other parts of the country. “
They’re not getting the boat that’s going to be the right size for the job,” he says.
And that’s what’s happening with many of the new fishing boats that are popping up in Florida and other parts of the country.
A lot of the boats are made of cheap plastic.
And they’re often made by small companies that have been caught out by Hurricane Irma.
“We’ve had to replace our whole boat because of that,” says Greg Smith, the owner of a new fishing boat in Fort Pierce, Florida that has a large, red and white boat logo on the side.
“I can’t believe this, because I thought it was going to have my name on it,” he said.
Smith’s boat has a white hull and is in need of a complete rebuild.
The first two years, he’s spent more than $2,000 on the boat, but he now estimates that it’s cost him $400 in repairs alone.
“One of the problems is that a lot to do with the plastic,” Smith says.
He also says the boat has problems with leaking.
“Some of it leaks and it takes forever to fix,” he told CBC News.
“Or they have some other problems.”
For example, there are problems with the boat’s bottom.
“If you have a big bottom, you’re not as strong,” Smith explains.
“Then you’re gonna lose weight, and you’ll be less able to catch fish.”
And that weight loss will make it harder for the boat to catch any fish, especially if the fish are big enough.
“That’s the biggest problem,” Smith said.
“For people that have really good bottom line, they’ll always have a boat.
And the bottom line is, if you’re good