If you drive past any river, lake, or beach, odds are you will find people, even entire families, gathered along the shore or in their boats with rods in the water. Fishing is, after all, one of America’s most enduring pastimes, something in which people of all ages can participate - fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters all enjoy the thrill of the catch.
It’s an activity that millions of families and friends enjoy each and every year as a way to have fun together and spend time in the great outdoors. But fishing is more than just an adventurous escape.
It’s the foundation of an industry that supports more than 800,000 jobs involved in the manufacture, sale, or provision of angling products and services, such as bait and tackle retailers, boat builders, restaurants, and so much more.It’s an industry that puts food on the table for Americans up and down the country and even exports abroad (who doesn’t love the taste of grouper!)