So you think the ITCH TO FISH isn't strong? STUDY: 70% of men rather go fishing than spend time with their family

October 28, 2014

In a fishing study released by Honeywell, 70% of anglers surveyed said they would rather go fishing than spend time with their family, and 66% have skipped work to go fishing. So, in other words, the itch to fish is strong, very strong.

Honeywell has released the findings of a study in which they 506 avid anglers, and the findings may or may not surprise you, depending on which side of the angling spectrum you fall…

The findings released today by Honeywell, manufacturer of Spectra® fiber – one of the world’s leading braided fishing line materials – demonstrate the economic influence of fishing. For example, if given the choice, more than half (55 percent) of the avid anglers surveyed say they would rather buy new fishing gear than home improvement materials, home electronics, clothing or other items. This increases to 69 percent for those anglers who consider themselves “advanced” in their sport.Surveyed anglers confirmed that they are serious about spending time fishing. Seven in 10 indicate that if they had a choice regarding how to spend a day, they would spend it fishing, as opposed to spending it with family, at a sporting event or participating in other outdoor activities, such as hiking or hunting. Two-thirds of survey respondents (67 percent) admit to having missed work in order to go fishing. More than half (54 percent) of anglers would give up a chance to meet the president in exchange for a perfect fishing day.Anglers also indicated that fishing plays a big role in their vacation and retirement plans:Seventy-one percent said that they have taken a vacation where the primary purpose was to go on a fishing trip that lasted a day or more. Advanced anglers were even more likely (87 percent) to have done so. In addition:Of those anglers who have not planned a vacation where the primary purpose was fishing, 79 percent reported that they occasionally or frequently chose to spend time fishing on past vacations, even when their travel companions didn’t want to join them.Eighty-three percent of anglers who aren’t retired indicate that they plan to shape their retirement plans around the ability to fish, and 88 percent of those anglers say they would like to fish more often in retirement than they currently do.Of anglers who are already retired, nearly all (96 percent) report fishing as much, if not more, than they did before retirement.

They also released an accompanying infographic of the findings which can be seen below, and you can read the study in full here.

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