The economy might be down, but the number of people going fishing is up. Way up. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently announced a historic jump in fishing license sales this year compared to last. Fish and wildlife agencies nationwide reported a 7.7 percent increase in the number of licenses sold from January to July in 2009 compared to the same months in 2008. Last time we saw a single-year increase this big? You guessed it, the 1970s (OK, so you read the headline). "We believe national campaigns such as Take Me Fishing are having a positive effect," said ASA President Mike Nussman. Just goes to show what you already knew: Anglers care about fishing, no matter what nonsense Wall Street's up to. It also means fishing's a great way to leave the stress of everyday life behind and spend quality time on the water with friends and family. Shore lunch never sounded better ... to so many people.