Texas fishing lures $3.7B from anglersTexas fishing lures $3.7B from anglershttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=50662014-02-04T08:11:00Z2014-02-04T00:00:00Z

TEXAS - More than 1.6 million adults fished in the Lone Star state during 2011, spending $2.1 billion in retail sales, generating $1.1 billion in salaries and wages and supporting more than 29,000 jobs, according to Southwick Associates.

The total economic multiplier effect is estimated to be as high as $3.67 billion. Of the total economic effect, $1.67 billion was generated by freshwater angling, while saltwater angling accounted for $1.97 billion.

The largest economic impact from a single species was attributed to red drum, which produced an economic multiplier effect of $763 million in Texas.

The report looked at the demographics of 2011′s Texas anglers: how many freshwater fished and how many fished saltwater, age, income, marital status, race and other key factors.

Lunker after lunker for Lake Fork (Jan. 13, 2014): Randall E. Claybourne of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was fishing in 15 feet of water in the east arm of Lake Fork when a 13.86-pound bass took his jig-and-craw lure about 11:20 p.m. The fish was 25 inches long and 21 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Lake Fork Marina.

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