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Recent Increase in Fuel Costs Have Captains Concerned

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WBOC joined the crew of Delaware Family Fishing for a night voyage in search of the black drum (Source: Evan Koslof) WBOC joined the crew of Delaware Family Fishing for a night voyage in search of the black drum (Source: Evan Koslof)
For this trip, WBOC west just east of Slaughter Beach in the Delaware Bay (Source: Evan Koslof) For this trip, WBOC west just east of Slaughter Beach in the Delaware Bay (Source: Evan Koslof)
Capt. Brian Wazlavek said his fuel costs jumped up by 41 cents over one week (Source: Evan Koslof) Capt. Brian Wazlavek said his fuel costs jumped up by 41 cents over one week (Source: Evan Koslof)
After nearly eight hours of fishing, WBOC's Evan Koslof reeled in the 40-pound Black Drum (Source: WBOC) After nearly eight hours of fishing, WBOC's Evan Koslof reeled in the 40-pound Black Drum (Source: WBOC)

DELAWARE BAY, Del. - Memorial Day Weekend has now come and gone. And that means prime boating season is upon us. But a recent jump in fuel costs has some captains worried about any more increases. 

WBOC joined the crew of Delaware Family Fishing in mid-May for a voyage into the Delaware Bay, in search of the elusive black drum. On that trip, Capt. Brian Wazlavek said the fuel costs had jumped up from a month ago. 

"The last time I filled up was about a week and a half ago," he told us. "And the price was about $1.84. And right now the price has jumped 41 cents to $2.25.”

This increase is certainly not the highest it's ever been. Last summer, it reached as high as $3 and in 2013, the price skyrocketed to just under $4. Nonetheless, Wazlavek said the jump is unwelcome. 

"On longer trips," he said. "Like if we ran out to a canyon. That's a 70 mile run, and we'll burn 200 gallons of fuel. Sometimes 220 to 250. And when you multiply that times 41 cents it comes to a significant amount."

Wazlavek said that the fuel increase would likely not impact the average consumer. That's because most captains raised their prices during the spike of 2013, and have kept their rates high as a "security blanket."

For most of that fishing trip, which lasted from 3 p.m. to midnight, the crew of Delaware Family Fishing caught nothing but rays and dogfish. But as the clock ticked closer to 11 p.m. on that chilly May evening, one rod started to tug. On the other end was a 40-pound Black Drum. Wazlavek said these moments are why no fuel increase could keep him off the water. 

“I don’t want to do anything else..." he said. "This is my calling in life." 

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