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Census Bureau: More than 30 million Americans go fishing

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It's a good bet that many people will be cleaning their fishing rods and reels, checking their lures and buying some bait to go fishing this weekend.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the country, enjoyed by more than 30 million adults. More than eight in 10 people fish in fresh water, and the remainder prefer the ocean, according to a feature from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The average fisherman goes on 13 fishing trips a year, many of them involving boat rentals, guides, food and lodging and fishing licenses.

Each year the cost of fishing tackle alone comes to slightly more than $2 billion, the Census Bureau says.

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