Report reveals growing popularity of fishing

The 2012 Special Report on Fishing and Boating, commissioned by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and The Outdoor Foundation, revealed that fishing remains the most popular recreational activity in the country, surpassing running, camping, hiking and biking. According to the report, 46.2 million Americans went fishing in 2011, and overall participation in the sport increased for the first time in the report’s four-year history. 
“We’re extremely pleased to see for the first time in several years, more people coming into the sport than dropping out,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “This indicates our efforts are positively influencing participation, enticing newcomers and past participants to get out on the water.”
The report provides detailed information on boating and fishing participation by gender, age ethnicity, income, education and geographic region.
For a full version of the report, including methodology, visit

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