Rising fuel prices impact charter boats and fishermen
John Hargan wears many hats, one as a bartender at the Riverside Cafe in St. Mark’s and another as a fisherman.
“We just had a great catch,” Hargan said.
As a recreational fisherman, Hargan says rising gas prices are keeping him closer to home
“Shorter trips and a little more marina time,” Hargan said. “It’s somewhere between $4.60 and $5.00 a gallon.”
For those who depend on fishing for a living, they say gasoline prices are starting to reduce their bottom line.
“Fuel service has kind of doubled in the last year, so fuel is normally our biggest expense, it’s our biggest operating expense as fishing guides,” Hargan said.
Capt. Mike Mcnamara of St. Marks Outfitters says that right now fishing guides in the area are doing their best not to pass fuel costs onto their clients.
“It’s hard to pass on to customers, but it’s definitely going to have an effect on our bottom line, so it’s definitely going to have an effect on our bottom line. We’re a bit price sensitive, but we’re trying our best to…we may have to cover fuel costs until this corrects itself,” Mcnamara said.
Hargan adds that the fishing seasons for fish like mutton, trout and plaice are what help draw people to the area, without fishing St. Marc wouldn’t have as much business.
“When people aren’t going out on their boats, I have less traffic here in St. Marc, and I have less traffic at the marina, which means less traffic here by the river we like to stay busy here,” Hargan said.