First, it was toilet paper and Lysol. Then it was meat and eggs. Now it appears that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a nationwide shortage of fishing supplies.
Due to the increased demand for safe activities, the recreational fishing industry is experiencing unprecedented bait and tackle shortages, according to KATV. Since fishing is often a solitary pursuit, it’s an ideal social distancing sport. The escape is half the appeal.
The fact that so many people haven’t been going to their offices or classrooms this spring has also contributed to the boost in business. Some bait shop owners say they’re outfitting many newcomers to fishing, and adults are bringing their kids along.
As a result of this surge, live bait, such as minnows and crickets, has become scarce, and the price of worms has gone up. As a longtime angler, I say it’s more rewarding to pull in a fish with a lure anyway. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know a good worm guy.