FISHING: PASS IT ON ; Fishing Poll Says High Percentage of Adults Share Sport with Kids

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FISHING: PASS IT ON ; Fishing Poll Says High Percentage of Adults Share Sport with Kids


There's little doubt that fishing appeals to people of all ages.

It's a great activity no matter the age, and one that friends and families can participate in at most any level. Outdoor activities like fishing remain a powerful draw to introduce someone to all that's natural. And despite the modern draw of video games and organized sports, these activities still rank high in participation, according to a recent survey.

According to a poll by AnglerSurvey.com, 66 percent of active anglers said they had taken a son, daughter or other child fishing at least once in the last 12 months. These trips included those in a boat and shoreline fishing, as well.

Some anglers took more than one child or youngster fishing. It's great one-on-one time, but it's an activity that doesn't require a lot of quiet time or sitting still. Twenty percent of respondents said they had taken only one child fishing in the last year, but 21 percent said they had taken at least two kids fishing. Nearly 10 percent of anglers reported taking three children fishing, 6 percent said they took four kids fishing and an impressive 10 percent said they took five or more kids fishing in the last year. On the flip side, 34 percent of those surveyed said they had not taken any children fishing.

"Taking a kid fishing is one of life's more rewarding efforts," said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick and Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com. "Not only is it good for the child and family, it generates a future generation committed to conserving fish and the outdoors."

"Families that fish together, stay together" might be appropriate, according to more results, at least in theory. Seventy- eight percent of those who reported taking a kid fishing said those children were in some way related to them. Forty-four percent were a son or daughter, 17 percent were a grandchild and 17 percent were a niece, nephew or other relative. Twenty-two percent said the child or children they took fishing were not related to them, with 5 percent of those taking them fishing as part of an organized scouting, church or similar activity.

To help continually improve, protect, and advance hunting, shooting, and other outdoor recreation, all sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to participate in the bi-monthly surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and/or AnglerSurvey.com. Every other month, participants who complete the surveys are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice.

Launched in 2006, these surveys help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. …

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