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FISHING!!! Or how to make money on your hobby.

Posted by: Grushetsky Evgeny

Fishing!!! Here is a real hobby of real men. On the quiet passion of thousands of our compatriots - fishing - not only the organizers of fishing tours can earn. Any properly created pond can bring income to its owner.

Organized licensed fishing on a small equipped pond or lake is about 2–3 years old. While this business is still at a very early stage and much is comprehended by trial and error. The development of this very attractive area of ​​legislative "fog" in the field of fisheries makes it difficult. The conditions for the lease of natural reservoirs and the creation of artificial ponds are not entirely clear. But, despite the obstacles, quite successful and interesting projects have been created. The success of the business is confirmed by the discovery of all new ponds. As the experience of existing projects shows, the founders consider paid fishing as a business for the soul and are confident in the long-term nature of their enterprises. They do not expect fast money, but they are doing everything possible to ensure that their bodies of water are clean and full of healthy fish. A dime a dozen.

To get the right to do business in the fishing industry, first of all, you need a license to use water resources. It is not difficult to acquire a license, but it must be borne in mind that it imposes certain obligations on the owner of the pond: cleaning the shores, amelioration, drainage of coastal marshes and settling the reservoir with fish. State bodies check compliance with sanitary and environmental standards with a known frequency: 2-3 times a year. These visits will not be limited to: bureaucratic coordination will take a lot of effort. “I would like, of course, to devote more time to the main, immediate matter, and not to sit at the offices of officials.

There are two ways to become a private entrepreneur in this area and get a body of water. The first, the most difficult, is to rent an ordinary natural pond from the state, clean it, ennoble and fence it. The main disadvantages: high costs and the lack of guarantees that next year you will extend the contract. Renting a natural reservoir is unprofitable, since the costs of maintaining the ecosphere are comparable to the costs of creating your own artificial pond.

Thus, the starting investment directly depends on the chosen option and many other parameters - whether it will be just a pond with carp, or a whole leisure infrastructure with warm cottages, summer houses. Here's a real-life example: Father and two sons rented a decent pond from the collective farm, dig it in carp and carp, put pillars with a “thorn” around three meters from the shore. For one bait take 2500-3000 rubles per day, for three - 6000-7000. The place, despite the rather modest services, is in demand. And the cares of the owners - preventive work: once every 2 years to flush, sanitize, clean the pond, settle with fresh fish. When you reset the "old" carp sell. Money, according to the founder, is required for rent, a small house and fish. The pond pays for itself completely, but it is troublesome. For the organization of such a “cool place” $ 2000 is enough, the net profit, if successful, can be about $ 15,000 per year. Usually such “simple” ponds are stocked with carp, and it is not for nothing that they are called “carp dogs”. A ton of carrots (500 g) of carp costs about $ 1,000, its further growth depends on the reservoir and feed. In two years, the carp will multiply, but this does not mean that the costs will decrease. In general, carp is considered unpretentious fish, you can feed it with all sorts of grains. However, it is thermophilic (grows slower in cool water and eats more) and is not as popular as other fish.

The recoupment of the project depends on the selected area where the pond is located; the project is not implemented successfully everywhere. Most small pond owners do more or less well. However, not all.

The hassles of another level are associated with the so-called maxi-variant, when a real fishing attraction is created on the basis of a reservoir (natural or artificial). A place where you can not only catch fish, but also relax your body and soul. A professional fish farmer is engaged in fish, and leisure is organized by the attendants: cooks, waiters, bath attendants.

How are attachments distributed? In the first place is the arrangement of the pond. In order for the reservoir to exist for more than one year, the cost of the full range of necessary work must be about $ 8 per square meter. m. A small pond has its advantages - it will take much less money to improve the reservoir, to make it suitable for fish.

The next stage is stocking. The choice of fish depends on the potential clientele and, of course, on the natural conditions and means that you are ready to invest in order to provide your main product with good conditions for existence and reproduction.

So, the company can provide the following services: direct service to fishermen, a restaurant, “stocking up” reservoirs, selling live fish with delivery to the consumer. There is even such an exotic service as a watch on a float. While the client “comes off” with his friendly company, the boy is guarding the bite.