Fishing is one of my favorite recreational activities. Leaving the land and my screens behind to focus purely on the water and the fish in it is a physical and mental reprieve. For me and millions of people who love to fish, fishing is good medicine.
Take Me Fishing
TakeMeFishing.org, the website from Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, is sharing compelling stories that help motivate people to fish, some for the first time.
This first video features 19-year-old competitive fishing phenom, Chasten Whitfield. She’s also the founder of Chastenation, which works “to help disadvantaged kids forget their troubles for one day, as well as to share the joys of fishing with elementary and middle school kids all over Florida.”
Created by Colle McVoy in Minneapolis, this new episodic content is working to expand the idea of who is an angler. Historically, fishing has been portrayed as a white male-dominated sport. But the research tells a different story. Today, 45% of new fishing participants are female, yet only 19% of women see fishing as a sport for them, and most women consider fishing to be a boring and passive activity. It’s not.
NBA star, Lance Thomas, says, “We’re literally in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico chasing monsters.”
“Fishing brings like-minded people together,” says Kenjuan Nichols, Thomas’ friend and co-founder of fishing apparel line, Slang Magic. “Being on the water, it’s a feeling of freedom.”
Much More Than A Sport
Jeanine Blair featured above, says, “Fishing to me is my way of living. Fishing is the way that I’ve taken care of my family. It is the time that I can spend on the water in prayer and meditation.”
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