In 2019, more than 49 million Americans from across the country took to our nation’s waterways and seas to enjoy recreational fishing. People fished from shorelines, boats, and riverbanks. Some kept their catch, and others released it. But, they were all unified by the joy of fishing.
Fishing now ranks as the fourth most popular participation sport in the country, beating bowling, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and football. Only walking, swimming, and camping are more popular – in fact, fishing is more popular than golf and tennis combined.
It’s not hard to believe when you think humanity has been fishing since we first grew legs and got hungry.But more than just a sport, this way of life has given us an incredible outdoor adventure when the going gets tough. You could say it’s a sport for patriots.