I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that more and more people nowadays are starting to realize that there’s more to bass fishing than what they can see on TV shows during the weekends. And to me that’s definitely good news. At least now they’re being exposed to more of what is considered to be America’s #1 freshwater sport! Just tune in to any outdoors sports network on cable TV, and chances are you’ll see a few shows geared towards bass fishing. And for good reason. Even Wheaties got in on the act when they put a picture of a famous Bass Fishing pro on their box.
Want more proof? Go outside. Bass anglers can be found at every lake, river, pond and swamp that is accessible by boat. Watch the highways. You will see at least a dozen trailers pulling bass boats going by every day, more during peak seasons. Or you can go online. Typing in the keywords “bass fishing” will net you different websites and blogs about bass fishing. Bass fishing clubs, charters and guides, bass fishing tournaments, bass boats, etc. The bass fishing industry has grown to an estimated $4.8 billion industry today, and still growing.
What is so great about bass fishing, anyway? For starters, bass fishing is open to everybody. It allows anyone with the dedication and discipline to learn about the sport to compete on an equal level, amateur or professional. With other sports, like basketball, football, baseball, and tennis, to name just a few, you’d have to be a gifted athlete and have excellent athletic abilities to succeed. I have spent years playing basketball, but still I haven’t managed to dunk a ball yet or shoot three-pointers consistently. Compare this with bass fishing. The more time you spend fishing and practicing and educating yourself about the important aspects of the sport, the more you will be able to compete at a pro level.
I’ve also noticed recently that bass fishing seems to develop closer relationships. Couples who enroll in bass fishing schools and spend lots of time together on the water, sharing the laughter and the excitement of catching bass, often comment that they should have done this years ago. It doesn’t make any difference at all with fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, brothers, sisters, boyfriends and girlfriends; bass fishing is one outdoor sport that almost anybody at all can enjoy.
One thing I’ve noticed when I go out with my wife, though. It’s irritating to admit it, but she’s become a better bass angler than me! Some of my male friends ruefully admit it, too. As a matter of fact, more women than ever before are showing interest about bass fishing and are even enrolling in bass fishing schools. All this just to show their husbands, fathers, or boyfriends that they can do it too.
And you know what? Kids seem to love this sport more than we do. At least that’s what it appears to me, especially after years of observing the faces of children when their parents bring them on fishing trips or enroll in fishing schools. You‘d also have to see the precious looks on their faces when they catch a bass. You’ll see what I mean, then. Popular bass fishing pros and teachers are even receiving fan mail from boys and girls, wanting to know more about the sport, where to go fishing, and who can teach them. Now that’s enthusiasm!
Have you ever seen that slogan, “Get Kids Hooked on Fishing Instead of Drugs”? It really makes perfect sense to me. But after all, I’m a long-time bass fishing fanatic. So don’t just take my word for it. Go ahead and learn about bass fishing, then go out into the water. I’m sure you’ll have an epiphany.