The numbers of women fishing have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Based on recent research, we now know that 34% of all fishing participants in the U.S. are female. Why do you think lady anglers are taking to the water in record numbers these days? Being an avid female angler myself, I have a few ideas.
Here are four potential reasons why there are more women fishing than ever before:
- Fishing and boating are romantic. Fishing is the perfect example of an outdoor activity that couples can enjoy together. Spend a few hours wetting a line, then open up the picnic basket and dine on the bow of your boat at sunset. It’s pretty hard to get much more romantic than that! Plus, there aren’t many ways to beat the bond that’s created when you and your significant other both hook up to a nice redfish at the same time!
- Only casual attire is required. This one shouldn’t come as any surprise. Cargo pants, shorts, moisture-wicking button down shirts, t-shirts, and boat shoes offer a welcome break from office clothes or dress clothes.
- Fishing and boating are great ways to relax and unwind. Since fishing and boating are at the top of the list of stress-relieving activities, they can help reduce the number of those “I just wanna pull my hair out” days. Time on the water can give you a much-needed reprieve from your electronic devices or daily chores. In my opinion, there is just something about the sound of the waves that evokes a sense of serenity and encourages us to view life in a refreshing new perspective.
- Being outdoors is good for your health. Spending more time outdoors can improve your health and quality of life, which can mean less money and time spent at the doctor’s office. According to the Harvard Health Letter, studies have shown that fresh air, exercise and natural light can all contribute to better health.
Now that you know about a few of the possible reasons why more women are fishing than ever before, you may also be happy to know that fishing and conservation go hand-in-hand. Find out what steps you can take to help save our fisheries for future generations of female anglers.