Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

Why do we go fishing?

The January 2000 edition of Profile, the official publication of the (American) Rapala Fishing Club describes a recently published study of the reasons why Americans go fishing. Their 1999 Future of Fishing survey indicated that relaxation (35%) and to be with family and friends (33%) dominated the results. Trailing a long way behind come to be close to nature (13%) and for the sport of it (7%). Bringing up the rear were fish for food (5%) and pursuit of trophy fish (3%).

The editorial questions the universality of these results, and goes on to suggest that, in the case of a specialist organisation like their own, the average member might be fairly serious about learning more, fairly serious about becoming better at finding and catching fish.

I wonder what the results would have shown had they been conducted amongst a representative cross-section of British sea anglers? Catching fish for food would presumably have shared a similarly low profile, as there are few enough opportunities nowadays. I would also hope that the average BASS member, like the average Rapala member, would have yielded a much more positive response.

We should never forget, however, that if it is happening in America now, it will happen over here soon. I hope that saying applies equally to conservation and enlightened fishery management. It may be that we already have a dose of their apathy.