We were talking around the campfire last weekend, and a subject came up. How has the economy (mainly gas prices) affected your fishing? For me, it has mainly affected my bait habits. I am pretty particular on what kind of bait I use (mainly black perch, not bluegill). Finding black perch in quantity, and exclusively, is somewhat tough, and sometime requires driving from place to place, or in my case, driving about 20 or 25 miles out of the way to a good perch pond. I used to NEVER buy live bait, and used to tease the guys who did. These days, however, you can buy a dozen perch or goldfish for between $4.50 and $7.00, or the price of about 3 gallons of gas. In my truck (Hemi) I can not drive to many good bait ponds and not burn more than 3 gallons of gas. Not to mention what your time is worth. The other way it has affected me is how often and how far I will drive to fish. It has forced me to try to find more "local" fishing spots, and not drive to my favorite spots that are 35-40 miles away, more than once a week.